This is great! I just stumbled upon this by "accident". Rav Dessler writes that one seeks honor because he is empty inside. If he felt his own sense of importance then he wouldn't need it from anyone else. He also writes that the reason people are focused on all of their nonsense and imagination is because they are feeling existential emptiness which they try to fill [in our days] by touching the screen of their smartphone. If a person has Torah and ruchniyus then he doesn't need the Knicks or the latest app.