Pride and selfishness
PHILIPPIANS 2:3-4 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
Pride and selfishness always go together. A truly humble person cannot be selfish.
Pride is self-importance and self-focus -- which leads to selfishness which is selfish thinking and selfish acting -- the opposite of Jesus' command of agape love in John 13:34.
Pride produces selfishness. All selfishness is a manifestation of pride -- thinking you are better, or more important, than others.Pride is the root of selfishness -- and thus the root of all evil. Pride is hidden but manifests as selfish acts.
JAMES 3:16 Where there is jealousy and selfishness, there is also disorder and every kind of evil. Selfishness causes all evil. All evil proceeds from selfish actions. Selfishness is the only manifest problem, but pride feeds it. Dealing with the root cause of the problem is the only lasting solution.
Submitting to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, and realizing we are not the center of the Universe, is the answer. Without Jesus, you can do nothing. Apart from His grace, you would not be able to take that next breath of air!