"Well, if you're trying to HELP OTHERS or DO GOOD FOR HUMANITY without hurting or manipulating anyone, then you are AWESOME. Even if someone isn't great at their social media work, their mission is what's most important, as that creates positive influence. Insert like 3 heart emojis, a strong arm, and a pound... or don't, please." Source -@steemmatt
This topic has been on my mind quite a bit today after discovering that a stranger I helped out stole some change from me.
I have some family members that are thieves, and the logic to justify their behavior never makes any sense to me. They tend to not trust others, and project it onto others without even realizing where it's coming from. People like this are full of hypocrisy, and it's not just thievery, it can be attributed to manipulators as well. (and many/most thieves are manipulators.)
I've struggled with this duality of selflessness concept if you will, the idea that selfless acts are truly selfish, because doing something which makes you feel good is in all respects a little selfish, even if it's selfless service to others. I broke this down with some psychology talk in this earlier post.
To sum it up, I think there is nothing wrong with the selfish attributes of selflessness, because the common collective agreement is selfless service to others is good.
I do believe many people are delusional however, in that there is selfish motive involved in their selfless efforts.
When discussing this with others in the past, I've received quite a bit of disagreement, which is fine because I like to
argue debate topics in a respectful manner.
When I hear things like "People who help others do not get paid enough for their efforts" in these debates, I have to say "Whoooahh.. but I thought this wasn't about what the person helping could gain?"
And this is the delusion I am talking about..
If someone is writing self help articles on Steem, and they decide to quit because Steem value is not high enough, (for them) or they are not pleased with their post rewards, then what are their motives?
If they are open and honest and say "look I'm doing this for me, and if it helps someone else great, but it's about me, and I'm not willing to do it for small pay."
Then I will have more respect for them, but that isn't always the case..
Sometimes people push these narratives that they are all about helping others, and selflessness, but when you really pay attention to their behavior, certain selfish things become clear.
Who are these types lying to? Themselves or others, or is it simply a delusion, a delusion influenced by the system we live in. A system of competition and greed, indoctrination and falsities?
People are easily swayed and manipulated into conforming to certain ideologies, and if you disagree and say "Well I'm not!" Then great, you are a minority. Just look at a classroom setting with children. If you do not conform as a child, the rest will laugh at you and influence you in a negative way to conform, and I am sure there are a few children in the laughing mix that are not in agreement with the conformity, but they are going along with it to blend in and not become a target themselves.
After a while the neuroplasticity kicks in, along with maybe some brain numbing medication , and it just becomes normal..
The system we live in promotes selfishness. I propose that almost none of us can completely live within the confines of our moral compass in this psychotic system, and propose even further that if you think this way of BE-ing is natural, than you are either deceived, psychopathic, or both.
How can anyone come into a persons home, eat their food, ask them if they can spare a dollar, and then steal the change off the table on the way out? What do you think creates this type of selfish immoral behavior? Competition... That is what, and yes we are a competitive species by nature, but this system promotes scarcity and greed.. That is quite a combination to strip people of morals. Dontcha think?
I recommend checking out @steemmatt's post. It covers some other areas of what I am talking about, like influencers, and the selfish deceptive behavior that comes so naturally through the online "filters" these days.
At the core of it all, we're on this planet for only a short amount of time in an astronomical sense, and if you ask me, our purpose is to help each other and love each other. Really we're more simple than we try to be. Knowledge being power is true in so many ways, but what is the expense of knowledge?
Every time someone steals from me or deceives me in some way, it's painful for me, even if it's a complete stranger, but I will not change who I am because of humanity being in such a state collectively. There are really good people around, and those are the one's I choose to surround myself with.
My purpose on this planet is simple. I want to see a brighter future for humanity, and I will do my best to be a positive impact, even when I'm having my rough moments. I won't let the deceivers and selfish people get me down. If this resonates with you, great. Keep the love alive!
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