Selfish: adj. a behavior(s) which tries to optimize a personal goal(s) with little or no consideration of another lifeform(s)’s needs
The truth is that we all want a piece of the pie of life for ourselves. We are all selfish and the only difference is that at one extreme humans want to get all that they can without regard for other human needs and at the other extreme are the fanatical altruists who sacrifice their lives for others without paying much attention to their own personal development which should make them desirable productive contributing humans on the face of this precious earth.
Human civilization would collapse if all humans were totally selfish and couldn’t interact peacefully with each other or if all were just fanatical altruists and distributed information, products, and services but did not produce any of that information, products and services themselves.
If you can live a relatively isolated hermit like life and not hurt anyone physically or mentally then you are a just moral human being.
If you are a very giving human and want to help others by volunteering some of your time and effort but still maintain a rather productive independent life of your own which may include a family then that is also entirely acceptable behavior.
If you are in a business promoting information, a product, or service which helps humans then that is probably also worthwhile.
If you are a member of a charitable organization and using it to enrich yourself and staff members taking about 9 dollars for every dollar distributed to the charitable cause then you are a fraudulent inefficient immoral charity organization and should not exist at all.
If your business selfishly deceives humans into buying your product or service and it is almost worthless, unhealthy, or makes human’s lives worse off then you are in an immoral business and should radically change or should not exist at all.
If you are selfishly trying to make big bucks selling overly processed food with artificial additives, growth hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, herbicides, and using GMO plants which make poisons which kill insects or have resistance to artificial herbicides then you are creating unhealthy food and also creating unhealthy humans or stealing human’s health and that is not a moral action.
If you are selfishly making big bucks in the stock market by manipulating stock prices with volatile fluctuations with your billions of dollars with the aid of fast computers then you are stealing money from other investors and it is a highly immoral action.
If you are bribing politicians with big money or lobbying to get special interest legislation passed to benefit your company or organization and stifle business competition then you are creating an unjust advantage for yourself over others and that is a very selfish and immoral action to be doing.
The list of selfish things which humans do for money, prestige, and power are endless and the question to always ask is-Are you doing something good or moral to another human or humans or is it a purely one way street where you or your organization benefit and most others are hurt or handicapped in the process.
Finally, if you or your organization lies to, steals from, or deceives humans and bribes those in authority for greater advantage then you or your organization are overly selfish and immoral and should never be respected or admired by anyone being victimized by your immorality.
The most hideous selfish human immorality is stealing real estate from wilderness plants and animals and destroying biodiversity. It is the only safety net which humans will have in the future when they pollute the domestic food supply with unhealthy plants and animals which unhealthy humans will be forced to eat to their detriment. Healthy wilderness plants and animals with their healthy biodiversity will save current and future human civilization from a stupid emphasis on volume monoculture which is destroying healthy food in the long duration.
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