What is the nature of selfishness?
Is it a bad thing?
or at least, contextually it is a good thing.
A wise man once said, “to love others thou must first love thyself“. While this can be interpreted in many ways (from the mundane, superficial, and downright naughty) In this context to choose to interpret it as thus…
Without understanding, caring or ensuring your own survival, there is no way you can possible hope to care for, help or love anyone else.
Is it selfish to ensure you can eat? That you don’t live in a cardboard box? Is it selfish to live in a larger house then others?
If you answered yes to that last question then let me ask you, in your house… do you have physical space to seat or sleep another human being? If you do, why don’t you house someone off the streets? Is it because you value your own privacy, your space, your families safety?
Getting a higher paid job allows you to pay more taxes, more money in the economy, to help those who are struggling. Now, this is not to say that doing everything for just yourself is the right thing to do, understanding the group dynamic and how your actions influence others is important. Here is another quote for you from A beautiful mind.
Nash: If we all go for the blonde and block each other, not a single one of us is going to get her. So then we go for her friends, but they will all give us the cold shoulder because no on likes to be second choice. But what if none of us goes for the blonde? We won’t get in each other’s way and we won’t insult the other girls. It’s the only way to win. It’s the only way we all get laid.
Do whats best for yourself and the group. A simple enough concept.
Makes sure you can survive so the group can survive.
Have that chocolate croissant.
…Keep on keeping on