Just watched an interview on PBS with David Brooks, a conservative columnist for the New York Times. One interesting thing that he mentioned was a survey taken both recently and 50 years ago.
50 years ago, when high-school students were asked, "Are you an important person?" only 12% said "Yes."
Today, over 80% say "Yes."
Brooks's point was the decline of both humbleness and a sense of reality. I agree.