Avatar Terminus (terminus8) wrote in thequestionclub,
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Can you think of any act that lacks a selfish element (either in cause, or in effect)?

Ex: sacrificing yourself to save another is somewhat selfish because you are satisfying your belief that "this person deserves to live...even if at the cost of my own life"...which seems to outweigh (even if temporarily) your own desire to live. Them living makes you happier (selfish) than if they died, even if you experience that happiness for a fraction of a second before death.

I believe that every act has a SELFISH element to it whereas some acts can lack a SELFLESS element. I think selflessness isn't the absence of selfishness (because it's always there), rather it is the degree to which an act beenfits others. Agree/Disagree, and why?

EDIT: The question may be clearer this way: "Is there such a thing as a truly altruistic act?"

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