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TIME For A Philosophical Discussion of Sorts

  1. gmwilliams profile image86
    gmwilliamsposted 2 months ago

    What is..........SELFISH?  How is selfishness a good, even healthy thing in humankind?   Is humankind naturally selfish?  Why is selfishness viewed as a negative thing?  Is there such a thing as being selfless or is selflessness completely antithetical to humans?

    1. Kathryn L Hill profile image83
      Kathryn L Hillposted 2 months ago in reply to this

      Here is my stab at it, gmwilliams:

      What is..........SELFISH?

      Having no concern for others at all. A limited focus upon one's own self only. Self-orientation is acceptable as one must always confer with one's self (will) in all matters. One may be led to do things for others as one receives pleasure from it.
      How is selfishness a good, even healthy thing in humankind?

      It is good when self-orientation expands to include concern for others. Mother Teresa loved helping others. It made her (self) feel good. It was not selfless, it was selfmore.
      Selfmore people do what must be done for themselves and others out of a sense of freedom, power, self-sufficiency / independence, responsibility and compassion.

      Is humankind naturally selfish?

        No. When humans are selfish they are devoid of an expanded awareness. They are generally deviated from a natural course of behavior which includes empathy for others. Children are observed to be naturally kind and helpful. Mean people who are selfish have beed created by bad psychological conditions. Their natural sense of respect and consideration has been shut down in some way.
      Why is selfishness viewed as a negative thing?

      Because when one does things without thought of others, but ONLY the self, it hurts others. Ordinarily, once one see that others are suffering, empathy kicks in which helps to expand the awareness. Appreciation for kindness from others also helps develop or maintain a sense of regard for and awareness of others.
      Is there such a thing as being selfless or is selflessness completely antithetical to humans?

      Selflessness happens in zombies and those who have given up on joy, will, and autonomy. They are human robots. They are not natural and they are created by tyrants and oppressors. Are the globalists selfish or selfless?
      I think they are so drunk on power they have lost their humanity. What happened to their Selves? why are they so selfish / Self-less?
      They want the world all for themselves. This is selfish based on having no Selves.
      Jesus was selfmore, not selfless. He had expanded awareness of others and sought to save them. Did he get something out of it? Yes, or he would not have been motivated to do it.
      Conclusion: Self-more would be good. selfish not good and self-less not good either.

      Note: Some may consider self-more to be selfless. Some may consider self-less to be ego-less and therefore good as it leads to Self-more.


      1. gmwilliams profile image86
        gmwilliamsposted 2 months ago in reply to this

        Great answer indeed, continue the discussion.......

    2. threekeys profile image73
      threekeysposted 2 months ago in reply to this

      When I hear the word SELFISH it means to me first up that someone is gaining at the expense of someone suffering. That may or may not be correct but this is what meaning is conjured up for me.

      SELFISHNESS- that is taking care of your needs so that you can become a productive and contributing member of your community society and country is a good thing. You deserve to have your share of happiness and good times. There is so much focus on seriousness and responsibility that I want to say to you "enjoy your life!" as it may be the only you have...you just don't know.

      Is Humankind naturally selfish? In my experience the research of authourities I have heard do say humans are naturally selfish. Something surprised me in one of Karen Armstrong's books was that if it wasn't for all the bullies and selfish people the time and place for writers artists and musicians couldn't have evolved to grow the soul of the person and the soul of the society they inhabitated.So from all the selfishness of bullies and plunderers came the time for culture-something good and contributory.

      Yes there can be both healthy and unhealthy selflessness (or Altruism). Altruism can make one feel good in life, feel good about oneself and make one look optmistically for the good or best in the other which to me can only mean fostering warmer or more quality relationships. The unhealthy side of altruism is that it may indicate the altruitic person's lesson in life is to grow stronger and realize more that his/hers wants and needs are of equal importance to that of the guy/gal next door because you both are Human and are of equal value.

      This is how I interpret SELFISHNESS at this point in time. If someone crosses my path and alters it another way I may then redefine for you what the word Selfishness means to me....