Any action which benefits myself is selfish, and thus not very virtuous, while any action I do for the benefit of someone else is unselfish, and thus good. Nothing could be more perverse, in that living for oneself is as natural to a man or woman as eating or breathing. Yet because it’s generally accepted that self-interest is bad, people go through all sorts of contortions to represent their selfish actions as being motivated by concern for others.
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