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5 Comments

  1. Dominic
    February 10, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    I wish this was all not true.

  2. J
    February 15, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Selfish means doing stuff in your own interest without conisideration of others. Acting in self-interest is clearly what you’re talking about. With that in mind, you’re right. It’s refreshing to hear Ayn Rand’s philosophy articulated today as from her book, “The Virtue of Selfishness”.

  3. February 15, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    My point is not a rehashing of Ayn Rand and her cult of rational self interest (although she has some great points), my point is that you can’t not be selfish, so you might as well accept it and do it well. My point is that true altruism doesn’t exist (giving without anything in return) because you get the pleasure/happiness/validation/influence of helping others. And that every human moves towards pleasure and away from pain at all times. I also don’t see charity as a vice (like Rand), I think helping others is great so long as you’re doing it because you want to instead of living out of guilt/shame.

  4. February 15, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Just make it work my man, how can you creatively reframe that to a positive.

  5. Seth
    July 11, 2017 at 7:08 am

    This stuff is the gospel… EVERYONE’S out for themselves – whether they admit it (or even know it themselves) or not. That means criminals, Mother Teresa, and everyone in between. It’s human nature.
    A real good book on this topic is ‘The Origin of Virtue’ by Matt Ridley. It is a pretty technical read from a philosophy and evolution perspective, but it basically proves than there is no true altruism besides maybe one’s own children (since that passes along one’s one genetics indirectly). It also explains the origins of animal cooperation, early humans, and modern society (including the reason for money in society).
    It is always tit-for-tat in nature and human behavior also, and the sooner you understand that every individual serves their own needs, the sooner you can use that to your advantage… while still looking for some mutual cooperation 1+1=3 opportunities in business, romance, life, etc.
    Great article, Will.

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