Selfless behaviour, the idea that humans can think of others first: put other people’s needs, interests, or wishes before their own is a wonderful concept. However, it is impossible. Selfish behaviour is putting ones own needs ahead of others.
So here is my opinion with regards to human behaviour and the inherent desire to protect, provide for and maintain self at all costs. Voluntary selfish behaviour is essential to being human and following the non aggression principle. When we humans act selfishly it is our desire to protect ourselves from physical discomfort and to promote gain for ourselves.
Acting selfishly can in fact be beneficial to more then just ourselves. For instance when we enter into physical relationships with other consenting adults we desire personal fulfilment and pleasure, a strong relationship is one that is built on mutual trust and fulfilment of physical, mental or emotional desires. Some mutually consenting relationships are formed to fulfil a most basic human desire of procreation. This desire results in children and here another entirely different voluntary selfish end is completed.
Children when infants cry when dirty, hungry or in need of additional attention from their adult role models (known as parents). To prevent an infant from crying and disturbing our rest or causing us auditory discomfort we attend their needs. By voluntarily fulfilling the infants needs we see that both infant and parent are engaging in voluntary selfish behaviour. The positive outcome is a satisfied infant and a happy parent.
As children grow we have the option of continuing to fulfil their desires or teaching them to fulfil these for themselves. In my experience as an individual who promotes voluntary interactions between humans, children are capable of understanding and even promoting the idea of a voluntary interaction. What many humans (most in my experience) fail to understand is that we should also teach them to embrace self and by default selfish behaviour.
Humans as a whole enjoy the idea that we are somehow capable of being above our base desires. I prefer to embrace our base self and promote it as a positive attribute, something that contributes to society and the advancement of the species as a whole. Denying our base instincts only serves to confuse us and cause us to stagnate socially or even lose ourselves.
As an individual I often contribute to various voluntary enterprises and have been known to give willingly to others, whether it be monetary, personal abilities or physical products. Some humans choose to believe that this is selfless behaviour. However, I know it is not. My behaviour is solely selfish in nature. I do these things because they make me look good, feel good and benefit me directly on occasion.
If my actions benefit others than I am by default acting within the principle of non aggression. If I embrace my base instincts I can live within the non aggression principle quite well. This is what I believe, that we should not attempt to change what we are as humans, rather we should embrace it and promote the merging of that which doesnt change for what we want to see as free humans who rely on the non aggression principle to guide us.
I will be relating this article in its entirety at the Jackalope Freedom Festival and welcome all reasoned debate as it applies to this article. If you wish to discuss other items, ideas and similar opinions I am open, however, during this time I will be addressing only this subject.
Free the mind and the body will follow