In yesterday’s post, we looked at when your ego is beneficial for you. The driver of whether you use your ego for good or bad, is your conscience. And it may surprise you, but the key to a conscience that serves both you and the world, involves selfishness. Or more specifically, a balance between selfishness and selflessness...
Selfishness is a virtue. And the world would be a much better place if more people developed this virtue.
You want enough selfishness to have self-respect and make sure you get your own needs met. Because if your own needs aren’t being met – you’re no good to anyone else.
Self-respect plays a vital role in personal integrity. When you respect yourself, you create the type of self-image where you see yourself as someone who upholds certain values. And having values is what makes you valuable to the other people and inhabitants of the planet.
Values are what lead us towards an enlightened culture. An enlightened culture is one where everyone has consideration for others.
The way this plays out on a personal level, is your self-respect and values cause you to have a healthy regard for the opinions of people you respect. Your desire to avoid disapproval from people you hold in high esteem is yet another check that prevents you from doing things that would bother your conscience.
So in reality, having a good conscience it is not a battle between selfishness vs. selflessness. It’s a partnership, of bringing both into your way of living.
How you doing on that?