I don't believe in selfless acts either. For me I look deep down sometimes for my motives and even though the act I do might be good, there's always a sense of satisfaction for me because that act can make my reputation grow, make me feel like I've done my equal share of good for the day, or something. Maybe, MAYBE there are times when somebody does something spontaneously without thinking... but then again I am a firm believer in the subconscious firmly controlling us.
A selfish act is something that you do for yourself, knowing about it too.
That was what I was trying to say...
Although people say risking your life to save others is a selfless act, it actually is not completely selfless. People usually risk their lives to save others to be viewed as a hero, or because they would feel some sort of guilt if they did not save that person. So they would rather risk their lives to save others, instead of living with the guilt of not saving others.
Tricorder;4569345When you save someone`s life (for example, you see someone drowning and you jump in to pull that person to safety, maybe even apply CPR if needed), does that count as selfish? I don`t see anything selfish in that.
well you want the person alive dont you?
Legolaswell you want the person alive dont you?[/quote] Exactly, stuff like that could be easily exploited for personal gain [quote=Transmission]I disagree. People have Sex for themselves. A Child can (sometimes on occasion accidentally) be a result of that.
Yes, there are other ways like neglecting the child, what Showdown said, and also just have a child just to make you look responabile or maybe just to prove something.
Jumping on a grenade to save your buddy.
Yes, dieing to save someone else is the only real selfish act. If you die, you have no way to bask in fame or enjoy being a hero. If you get you body ripped to shit by a grenade to save your comrades, that is a very selfless act.
I don't think there would be a selfless act at the rate people keep dishing out reasons for someone doing something seemingly helpful or selfless. I think it should only be judged on the basis of whether the one that commits such an act has any material and/or tangible gain. If your talking about psychological aspects then I think it would only be selfish if they did not care about the person that they are helping out at all. And I can hardly see a person who doesn't care about another at all doing something like self-sacrifice. Sure, a person does it to make themself look like a hero or for the purpose of self-satisfaction but how can one say it was selfish when one dies and in the process saves many more. Just my thinking that's all. I just think it should be selfish if there is something to actually be gained and generally isn't very helpful or doesn't help. EDIT: Yep. I agree fully and completely with Nirv4n4 and seinfeld rules.
NiRv4n4;4574339Yes, dieing to save someone else is the only real selfish act. If you die, you have no way to bask in fame or enjoy being a hero. If you get you body ripped to shit by a grenade to save your comrades, that is a very selfless act.
Just think about valhala when you're doing that...
Transmission;4569733Same goes for holding a door open for someone that you know is about to walk through it. How are these acts selfish?
Because if it's a hot girl she might fuck you later.