posted on Apr, 8 2014 @ 04:16 PM
Look up pathological altruism sometime. It's enlightening and plays into this conversation to some degree.
It's the idea that you can be so focused on either denying self or doing good that you actually do harm. Think about the doctor who ruthlessly orders
tests or procedures even when the family may object for the patient's own comfort. An example my be something like this:
My grandmother had Felty's disease and it finally caused her a heart attack that would have necessitated open heart surgery. Given her age and the
Felty's, the doctor was honest with her. He told her that if she wished, he would perform the procedure, but that given her situation she had maybe a
20% chance of surviving it, less of surviving to recovery, and then, if she did, there was maybe a 10% of regaining her independence after all of
My grandmother thought about it decided not to opt for the surgery preferring to enjoy what time was left saying good-bye in comfort.
A doctor who was pathologically altruistic might urge her to have the surgery believing it was his goal and for the best to attempt to heal her no
matter what the cost might be to her, even if it might wind up killing her, because she was going to die anyway.
It is also said that people with anorexia can be some of the most empathic and self-effacing people around. They are that accomplished at self-denial,
so much so that it can kill them.
You get people with the greater good attitude no matter how painful attitude into power, and you begin to see why C.S. Lewis is so wise about the
tyranny of good intentions being perhaps the worst of all tyrannies. So, several million died ... but they didn't really mean it and it was all for
the greater good. Right?