Everything You’ve Ever Done Is Selfish

Psychological egoism and why every act of kindness is selfish

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Acts of kindness exist all around us. From the stranger holding the door open for you to the person giving up their seat on the bus for a pregnant woman, kindness is everywhere. But are these people really being kind, or are they truly just selfish?

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Sahir Dhalla

Sahir Dhalla

University student exploring the world of writing. Using philosophy and neuroscience to improve lives, but also writing things I find interesting.

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