Egoism versus Altruism:
Some Aspects of Their Dialectic.
Egoism denigrates the human self in the form of other human selves – in the form of all human selves other than the human self that is manifesting the quality named “egoism”, by unconditionally seeking to aggrandize itself at the expense of all other human selves – aggrandizing this other-than-all-others’ self, supposedly at the expense only of all selves except itself.
Altruism denigrates the human self by, at least in its intension, always and unconditionally favoring any and all other human selves – all human selves other than the human self who is practicing “altruism” – regardless of the cost/harm/damage to this altruistic, other-than-all-others’-self, a self always seeking benefit for all human selves with the sole exception of itself.
Both altruism and egoism share this quality, and this failure, this inadequacy, of the denigration of the human self, albeit in opposing ways.
‘Altruistic egoism’, or ‘egoistic altruism’, does not denigrate the human self at all, but, instead, ‘upvalues’ and honors the human self both as ‘ownself’ and as ‘otherself’.
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