On human selfishness . . .

“Each of us is born with a series of built-in confusions that are probably somehow Darwinian. These are: (1) we’re central to the universe (that is, our personal story is the main and most interesting story, the only story, really); (2) we’re separate from the universe (there’s US and then, out there, all that other junk – dogs and swing-sets, and the State of Nebraska and low-hanging clouds and, you know, other people), and (3) we’re permanent (death is real, o.k., sure – for you, but not for me).

Now, we don’t really believe these things – intellectually we know better – but we believe them viscerally, and live by them, and they cause us to prioritize our own needs over the needs of others, even though what we really want, in our hearts, is to be less selfish, more aware of what’s actually happening in the present moment, more open, and more loving.”

~ George Saunders

Selfishness

About Dr Bill Wooten

Organizational Psychologist,Guitarist, Banjo Picker, Bicyclist, Reader and Books, Books, Books
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9 Responses to On human selfishness . . .

  1. mimijk says:

    So true and so wonderfully stated – love this!

  2. elizabeth says:

    Very well said! It’s all about ME! 🙂 Thanks for posting this.

  3. alana says:

    May I reblog this? I want to translares it in Indodonesian.

  4. russtowne says:

    It is a wonderful paradigm shift when one realizes at one’s core that serving others IS serving oneself. I feel great and most connected when I experience people helping each other. I’m one of the most selfish people I know and I’m okay with the fact that collateral kindness occurs while I’m doing things that make me feel great.

    Russ

  5. alana says:

    Reblogged this on ALANA.

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