Dec 24, 2013

Selfishness Vs Selflessness

Everyone is selfish.

Even selfless people who make selfless acts are selfish, they only do it because it makes them feel good, or because they believe it will make them feel good later.

That's not a bad thing though, it's just a fact, we were programmed to be selfish. We probably wouldn't have survived if we weren't.

The fact that we're all selfish, even selfless people, makes me look differently at selfish people.

They're driven by the same forces that make selfless people act selflessly. Selfish people get pleasure by doing stuff for their own good, not caring about others, while selfless people like to get the same satisfaction from giving to other people.

So what should you be? Selfish or selfless?

Everyone has both selfish and selfless traits inside them, and it doesn't matter which one are you since both are essential in society. They're like the positive and negative side of a battery. The battery can't run with two positive sides. And so is life. The good doesn't always win at the end, neither does the bad, they coexist.

Check the article For Love of Evil for more about the subject.