“Genuine selflessness usually lies in the more mundane of actions. Of course giving 10 bucks to a charity is indirectly self-serving, it makes me feel better contributing to the community. However, getting up at 6 AM with the kids so that my mother might get some much needed rest, is not. That’s because I love my mother and I want to make her life a bit easier when I can.”
“That’s because I love my mother and I want to make her life a bit easier when I can.”
I’m failing to see how it’s not self-centric.
Nothing you can do will ever revolve around someone else.
There’s a difference between being self-absorbed and being self-centered. There’s also a difference between those two things (both categorized hapharzardly by you and Vandor as ‘selfish’) and ‘true selflessness’. The latter is mistakenly believed to be different because of an incomplete awareness. See the above quotes. Self-centric, despite that you’re not focusing on the source of your actions.
We’re all selfish. Recognizing that is just a matter of self awareness.
(Posted in Happiness & Service ♠ a discussion thread at the Force Academy.)