On Selfishness. Or Why A Red Rose Is Not Selfish Because It Wants To Be A Red Rose.
By: Catherine Collautt, Ph.D.
This vignette was inspired by Oscar Wilde’s aphorism: ‘A red rose is not selfish because it wants to be a red rose. It would be horribly selfish if it wanted all the other flowers in the garden to be both red and roses.’ On Selfishness makes a case for the profound wisdom and beauty contained in these statements. It explores the idea of selfishness as we are taught it, and it’s inevitable consequence in individual – and thereby collective – emptiness, powerlessness and depression. If you’ve heard it said correctly, then you’ve already heard: you – more than having a self – are a self. Ignoring, marginalizing or neglecting this self, is not an ethical, forget effective, alternative to narcissism. Purchase now to read more.
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