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Selfishness

Could We Solve The World's Biggest Problems With Emotions?

Camilla Tuominen | Posted 07.29.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Camilla Tuominen

Think what would happen if we all decided to do our next action so that it would create positive ripple effect instead of negative?

A Theology of Sameness

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 07.14.2016 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

Instead of theological sameness, I like to imagine that heaven is a place where we become even more different than we are now, just as I have found that I have become more myself the older I've gotten and I think I would say the same thing about my husband, my children, and my dearest friends.

Surviving Parenting With Self-care (or Selfishness?)

Laura A Boggs | Posted 04.28.2016 | Parents
Laura A Boggs

I've become a master of no, of boundaries, of polite regrets. Hello? You want me to bake how many vegan, gluten-free cupcakes--for what? I'm sorry, I ...

Hell

Bill Halamandaris | Posted 01.28.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Bill Halamandaris

What does hell look like? Is it fiery and hot or dark and cold? Does it exist at all outside of our minds? I visited hell in 1992. It was in an ...

Have I Always Been This Selfish?

Brent Stoller | Posted 01.21.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Brent Stoller

My commutes are the most infuriating parts of my day. The traffic, the missed lights, the minivan in the right lane that has no intention of turning r...

Will the World Awaken? Prospects For the Sustainable Development Agenda Adopted by the United Nations

Bernard Starr | Posted 10.15.2015 | Green
Bernard Starr

I asked authors Rick Clugston, Herman Greene, and Kurt Johnson to elaborate on their thinking about the prospects for altruism and oneness ascending in global consciousness. Here is their thoughtful communication.

Sacrificial Love and Where Our Stuff Ranks

Kathleen Shumate | Posted 10.05.2015 | Women
Kathleen Shumate

So maybe the issue isn't solely how much something costs, but instead what we love most, and where our stuff ranks. Do we love people more, or things? Do we invite our neighbor in gladly, embracing his dignity and the privilege of knowing him, or do his sweat and coarseness pollute our home?

The Squirming Buddha

Robert Koehler | Posted 09.21.2016 | Politics
Robert Koehler

I hate the idea of razor wire on national borders. I am torn apart by the suffering of refugees and the bombastic manipulation of politicians, who try to turn the planet's most vulnerable into national enemies. But like my sister I don't trust or understand my relationship with collective humanity.

Are You a Taker or a Caretaker in Your Relationships?

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 08.31.2016 | Healthy Living
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

As most of us know, relationships can be challenging! We tend to bring all our baggage from our childhood into our primary relationships and create a ...

The Path from Personal Transformation to Societal Change

Matthieu Ricard | Posted 08.19.2016 | Impact
Matthieu Ricard

I myself am deeply convinced that love and compassion--the two faces of altruism--are the cardinal virtues of human existence and the heart of the spiritual path. Loving kindness is the wish that all beings experience happiness, while compassion focuses on eradicating their suffering.

In a Perfect World...

Marcia Liss | Posted 08.11.2016 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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I Just Unplugged Someone in a Coma to Charge My Phone

Eric Wallace | Posted 08.07.2016 | Comedy
Eric Wallace

On a scale of not sharing cake to unplugging someone in a coma to charge your phone, how selfish are you? Twitter caught fire Thursday with the hashtag ‪#ImNotReallySelfishBut as part of the weekly hashtag game hosted by @behive_game.

Reconceiving the Idea of Selfishness

Peter Schwartz | Posted 08.04.2016 | Politics
Peter Schwartz

In the realm of ethics, no characteristic is more widely condemned than selfishness. Practically no one challenges the premise, which we're all taught from childhood, that acting for one's own benefit is morally tainted, while sacrificing for the benefit of others is the essence of moral virtue. It is considered self-evident that selfishness is evil.

Adam Smith vs. Ayn Rand

David Morris | Posted 06.01.2016 | Politics
David Morris

Even with Medicare and Medicaid, tens of millions of Americans lack access to adequate medical care. Many millions have been plunged into bankruptcy because of medical expenses. Obamacare was established to deal with these stark facts. The case of Luis Lang demonstrates that Obamacare is only a step in the right direction.

One for All, All for One

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 05.27.2016 | Business
Peter A. Georgescu

Clearly, honesty is the foundation of being good. Honesty is the baseline. Pay your taxes, return the wallet you found on a park bench, and write down exactly how many golf strokes you had on a particular hole.

The Narcissism Debate: Is It Selfish to Love Yourself?

Lindsey Smith | Posted 05.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Lindsey Smith

Just like on an airplane when the attendants say you must put your own oxygen mask on before you help others, it's kind of the same thing with self-love. The more you embrace self-love and carry the empathy that comes along with it, the more aware you become of both yourself and others

Please Don't Ask Me For Help, The Game Is On

Jonathan Savitt | Posted 06.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Savitt

I don't think selfishness comes naturally. I believe it develops over time through socialization and, in all honesty, it doesn't make you a good person just because you donate to a charity (looking at you stuck up rich people). Similarly, it doesn't make you a bad person just because you passed up a volunteer opportunity (more of a note for myself).

5 Great Reasons To Be Selfish

Meg Dennison | Posted 06.20.2015 | Fifty
Meg Dennison

Selfishness is a dirty word for many people. And yet, how are we to care for others, achieve at our highest level, be our best selves if we are not giving ourselves the time and care it takes to be our best?

How To Know When You're Talking To A Narcissist

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 04.10.2015 | Science

Talking about yourself all the time might make you a jerk, but it doesn't necessarily make you a narcissist. Although it may seem logical to assume...

Are You Selfish or Self-Responsible?

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 05.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

Giving yourself up to avoid being called selfish is not self-responsible - it is manipulative and dishonest. When you give yourself up to avoid criticism, you are trying to control how another feels about you.

Selfish Love

Susanna Barkataki | Posted 05.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Susanna Barkataki

Instead of looking for love that is unhealthy, or in all the wrong places, or giving in to something that feels manufactured or fake, or simply going the other direction and cynically resisting love altogether, I'm going to try a middle way.

Get Out of Yourself

Wendy Lustbader | Posted 04.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Wendy Lustbader

One of the chief cruelties of depression is how it encloses us in a dark tunnel, a space that doesn't extend beyond the borders of ourselves, our thwa...

Freedom Isn't Free

Rev. James Ellis, III | Posted 04.08.2015 | Religion
Rev. James Ellis, III

Maybe more than ever the cry for freedom is a common, reoccurring refrain everywhere you go today. We fiercely advocate for sexual freedom, arguing th...

Campfires, Socialism, and Multi-Level Selection

Joel Tauber | Posted 04.12.2015 | Arts
Joel Tauber

I'm certainly grateful that I have biological impulses to act altruistically, but I'm also aware that I can't rely on them. They won't free me of the fundamental conflict between altruism and selfishness that is wired into my DNA, and they won't enable me to reach beyond my current limitations.

How to Thrive in 2015: Are You Selfish Enough?

Lucie Lincoln | Posted 02.16.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Lucie Lincoln

Whatever they are, try and carve out time for this self-care, and when the selfishness question rears its head, gently remind it you are looking after number one, so you're number one at looking after the world.