The virtue of selfishness
Since childhood, every one is taught not to be selfish, share things with friends, don’t have it all and so on. This is good as it makes us more social and equips us with a decent etiquette.
But sadly, we have been wrongly fed with the idea that if we pursue our own self interest, it’s always at the cost of others and therefore a morally correct person always give priority to the interest of others.
Its no where suggested to develop selfishness to the extent of not sharing a water bottle with fellowmen stuck in a lift for an hour, nor to build an empire on the corpse of other. Nor it is good to justify selfishness to the extent of theft or fraud.
Rather, what is required is the intelligent self interest. This connotes to understand what is in one’s own best interest with an intent to choose and take action. It’s about one’s own preference of choices. Its about alignment with self. Selfishness no where mean to develop oneself at the cost of others. Its about oneself and his own development. This nowhere places the interest of others above the interest of one’s own self but it recognizes that other’s well being contributes to one’s benefit and progress.
Although, the word selfishness implies a very negative thing, but actually it’s not! The interesting thing is that the more selfish one becomes, the less selfish gets the resulting accomplishments; the more people one impact and the more lives one can change. The results which follow a selfish act are selfless. Every person who accomplished something did that through their selfishness. Its all about being motivated, persistent and disciplined in implementing one’s intelligence of interest.
The idea is to work for one’s own progress and happiness which will ultimately disseminate everywhere contributing to the progress of all; it’s the simple Trickle down policy!