posted on Nov, 20 2012 @ 12:58 PM
reply to post by defuntion
Well, obviously I cannot state categorically that no thoughts of personal glory passed through the mind of those undertaking such actions but I know
where my money would be. I could suggest that the selfish nature of man is due to undetectable Nth dimension ninja pixies stealthily injecting us with
a 'selfish serum' while we sleep. Prove I'm wrong. I don't think the burden of
rests with me here.
I suggested in my first post:
Because ultimately the argument has no other legs on which to stand the justification for every act eventually dribbles down to the
ineffectual suggestion of all acts of an altruistic nature must then be motivated through a subconscious desire to serve the self.
and here we are. How can anyone argue against "Ahh, but at some
level, one you don't realise, lies self-serving motivation." 'Well I can't
see it.' "Yea, 's very deep. Hidden."
Even when people state from direct experience that, for example, the choice of having a pet put down for it's own benefit was a painful choice and one
they would rather not have had to make (a friend of mind still, years later, berates himself for waiting too long and letting his pet suffer more than
was necessary because he was just too attached) that accusation - the only one left
is dragged out. Empirical understanding, observation
gained through consideration after direct experience of the individual concerned vs. a hypothesis where the defence is that it is essentially
invisible. It may well be a question that we are unable to 'prove' either way presently but we can try our best to understand and search for the
answer and with that in mind, as I said in my first post, retreating back to the stale, unassailable argument that all acts of an altruistic nature
are motivated through a subconscious desire to serve the self seems to me a weak get out adopted when it's realised there's no other escape route,
which is usually pretty quickly.
edit on 20/11/12 by JAK because: splellingz