Is there such a thing as a selfless act?
In lecture today, we discussed the idea of selfless acts. After looking at both sides, the selfless and selfish deeds, I realized that I don’t care. The deed produced something good. If only one side benefited from it then mission accomplished. If both sides benefits then great, it’s a bonus. Why do I need to label a good deed as selfish or selfless? I prefer to focus on the good that the deed brought rather than trying to define it. But for the sake of this post I’ll pick a side.
People can be selfless. It is incredibly hard and most are unable to achieve this, but it is not impossible. I think you can do something without having any intentions of helping yourself. For example, seeing someone about to fall down a flight of steps and trying to catch them would be selfless. This split second decision is not enough time for one to think about how selfless they are or if this deed is going to make them feel like a better human. Overall, it is the intentions that make a difference. Selflessness comes from what your original motive/intentions are. Knowing later that you did a good thing is the aftermath which doesn’t define the selflessness of the deed.
Joey v. Phoebe(Friends): Selfless deeds So what do you think? Are you on Joey/Hobbes’ or Phoebe’s side?