Just a little conversation starteer that's all Popular culture makes a lot out of self-esteem. There are programs to improve kids' self-esteem, and all kinds of books to help us think better of ourselves. I wonder sometimes, though, if it might not be a bad thing to be self-critical. After all, you could think well of yourself and have really high self-esteem but still be a jerk (or worse). A lot of important artistic, scientific, and literary master works have been created by people who were (or probably were) quite depressed. So what do you think? Does self-esteem "matter?" If so, how?