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So, you start from the definition of a person and his or her goals. But could we take one step back: what about the person that doesn’t feel himself or herself as a person? I know it sounds absurd, but it seems that people who are most kind and compassionate are the ones the least think of themselves, or in other words, of their own desires and values, their goals. And instead, they develop goals which are not by some chance shared with others, but by interest for others primaraly. Whether or not that that is naïve, or rare to be found, is not in question here – but rather, can a person not feel himself, and therefore his desires, values and goals? It think it is possible.
Possibilities wrote:Yes selfishness is compatible with kindness because kindness is selfish.
A kind act could be see as altruistic, but altruism does not exist, as Emile Durkheim stated "altruism is merely a concealed egoism". On that premise kindness does not exist, there is only self-interest, there is only solipsism.
Possibilities wrote:There is no such thing as a selfless act, altruism therefore, does not exist. There are only grades of difference between selfish acts but there is no antinomy such as kindness vs selfish.