So, especially in the first few months, I had a self-preoccupied
question on my mind: How am I doing?
A European "lost decade" would leave the continent financially strapped, introspective and self-preoccupied
- a strategic liability for the United States.
There is, after all, a certain repetitive inevitability to the situations in which a self-destructive and self-preoccupied
personality finds itself.
It is no wonder that Jesus (and his disciples) had to go to face the authorities, because the authorities--ancient and contemporary--do not want neighborliness, because neighborliness precludes all of the self-indulgence that besets concentrations of self-preoccupied
Isn't this what we most need: a vacation from the tiresome routines of our own self-preoccupied
Yet even in the midst of her travails, Mitchell brings out the humor in her self-preoccupied
character, by far the more memorable of her two Melindas.
"The attacks have made it legitimate to become self-preoccupied
. We want safety.
They must earn that back for themselves, less as self-preoccupied
functionaries and more as self-forgetting pastors to their people.
"'The Sopranos' is the classic depiction of the son of a borderline woman who is volatile, self-preoccupied
, complaining, abusive, and, in the end, colluding in a plan to murder her son," he said.
The third part, an account of Robert Hapgood's theatrical experiences in Japan, feels miscellaneously included; it offers only random insights, and is often self-preoccupied
and culturally at odds with its material.
Of disintegration of a culture of assurance and consensus, one that embraced near universal concepts of sacrifice and duty--including military service, wartime rationing, broad-based sense of participation in the course of a national destiny--into a culture of separatism, self-preoccupied
materialism, and doubt."
This way of looking at empowerment would help peel off the layers of cliche'd rhetoric and restore to the Another empowerment proposal is to begin work at reversing the recent direction of many school systems of adding administrators to come up with, and then oversee, solutions to the problem of "how to get closer to the teachers." Over time, as in all bureaucracies, the new layers become self-preoccupied
, i.e., "come Up with" is gradually replaced by "oversee." Inevitably, a new administrative layer has to be added to build bridges back to the teachers once again.