“….seek out the most efficacious anti-selfishness medicines….”

Early in the classic “The Selfish Gene”, the evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins writes: “Let us try to teach generosity and altruism, because we are born selfish. Let us understand our what our selfish genes are up to, because we may then at least have the chance to upset their designs, something that no other species has ever aspired to.”

And why should we do this? Richard observes that “a human society based simply on on the gene’s law of universal ruthless selfishness would be a very nasty society in which to live.”

Towards the end of his Talk to the graduating class of 2013 at Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences, George Saunders offers some “quick, end-of-speech advice.” 

“There’s a confusion in each of us, a sickness, really: selfishness. But there’s also a cure. So be a good and proactive and even somewhat desperate patient on your own behalf — seek out the most efficacious anti-selfishness medicines, energetically, for the rest of your life.”  

Swami Vivekananda emphatically states (“The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda”):  “Unselfishness is God.”

Peace 😊

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