Is finding value or self-worth not just another attempt at justifying one's sense of self-importance?
Yes. You are correct. The little self needs to know that it is worth something in order to believe in itself! This is what Toltecs term "propping up the tonal!" A necessary act for a while, but ultimately of little value to the true SELF whose only real NEED is to EVOLVE by means of MATERIALISING the One Purpose! But materialisation entails ACTION! And, yes, if by uplifting myself I also uplift those around me, then this is good! But my focus is on uplifting my SELF, and NOT on uplifting others so that I can feel worthy!