Here’s a quintessentially Christian command (Mt 7: 1-3):
7 “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. 3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?
It is perhaps a cliche that, say, an extreme homophobe (apologies to Gene Callahan for using that odd term) is a closet homosexual. Whether that is true, I know in my own life I have definitely found that the people who annoy me the most are the ones doing what I, deep down, detest in myself. (This is very close to, but not the same thing as, being jealous of somebody who is infringing on your turf.)
To give a quick example, for the longest time I could not STAND Neil deGrasse Tyson. “Oh look at me, I’m just the whole package aren’t I? I’m all academic with degrees and such, but I can break it down for the layperson and be really cool too. Yeah yeah yeah gimme a break buddy, just stick to your geeky academic stuff.” I hope I don’t need to spell out why such a reaction is rather…ironic.
In contrast, I was never outraged by (say) bank robbers, since that’s not something that my conscience deep down is worried that I might be doing.
Anyway, I think it’s a very useful exercise for you to pull up the two or three people who really annoy you, and represent everything you detest about the modern world…then consider if they are a percentage point away from how you operate.
P.S. If you are tempted to bring up Krugman in the comments, go ahead. But just so you know, I’m parsecs ahead of you.
P.P.S. Yes I used “parsecs” to show off my mad science skillz.