When people say look out for number one, we know who that is. There is a number of variations
on this; you need to look after yourself. The humanist would say there is nothing higher or more dignified than humans.
This is a parable for those who trust in themselves, and look down on others. We tend to think of the Pharasees today as hypocrites,
but in the first century Judaism they were well respected; but their religious views were directly opposed to the grace of God.