I read this quote a few days ago and find it to be most wise:
"....there was a price to be paid for a culture that idealizes the relentless pursuit of "self"..... To be counter to the culture, you are by definition willfullly and actively ignoring the culture, i.e., reality. And when you ignore reality for too long, you begin to feel immune to, or above, the gravitational pull that binds everyone else. You are courting disaster."
(Rob Lowe: Stories I Only Tell My Friends; St. Martins Press, New York, 2012; paperback edition, pages 65, 66.)