Is It Ok To Be Selfish?

Guam
March 15, 2017 3:04am CST
"I", "me", "my" and "mine" are words about you as a person or as an individual, right? However, most of us were raise to think more of other person rather than our selves. To serve others and be a man (woman) for others. The song "The Greatest Love of All" talks about "learning to love yourself as the greatest love of all", so is it ok to be selfish? Is it alright to think first of our selves before other person? What's your view? Picture credit: http://loranegordon.com/yourhappinessway/be-selfish/
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@allknowing (60312)
• India
15 Mar 17
How can anyone think of another if they do not care for them first?
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• Guam
15 Mar 17
@allknowing Sounds practical to me.
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@TheHorse (60549)
• Pleasant Hill, California
16 Mar 17
Agreed. Not narcissism. Not self-absorbtion. Not selfishness (mine!). But self-acceptance.
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• Guam
19 Mar 17
@TheHorse Right.
@1hopefulman (24841)
• Canada
16 Mar 17
What do you think selfish means? If we think of ourselves before someone else why would that be selfish? In an airplane do they not tell to first take of ourselves before we take care of others concerning the oxygen mask? When I serve food, I usually taste it first before I serve it to others? Am I being selfish? What do you think?
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• Guam
16 Mar 17
Alright, good observation and question. For me being selfish is not thinking about the good and welfare of others at all but being too much absorbed with oneself or being too egocentric or to a certain degree being too narcissistic. When we don't care at all to our fellowmen or that we cannot be bother at all, that for me is being selfish. When we don't share our time, money and effort to the less fortunate ones when we can and when we have the time, this for me is selfishness.
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@1hopefulman (24841)
• Canada
17 Mar 17
@megatron777 From my point of view what you describe is selfishness and I don't think that is ok.
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• Guam
19 Mar 17
@1hopefulman Yes, that's selfishness indeed.
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@DianneN (71418)
• United States
15 Mar 17
One has to love oneself in order to love others.
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@TheHorse (60549)
• Pleasant Hill, California
16 Mar 17
Yep, that's what I said before reading your comment.
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@DianneN (71418)
• United States
16 Mar 17
@TheHorse Oh, you probably stole my comment, but that's ok.
@rusty2rusty (6767)
• Defiance, Ohio
19 Mar 17
Sometimes one has to be selfish. As one must take care of themselves before they can take care of anyone else.
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• Guam
20 Mar 17
Sounds practical.
@Kandae11 (33552)
15 Mar 17
I think that would depend on the situation you find yourself in.
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• Guam
15 Mar 17
@Kandee Alright, I also think so.
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• Finland
15 Mar 17
Sometimes it's good to think about yourself and not others all the time but it depends on the situation
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• Guam
15 Mar 17
@GegeTheMechanic Alright, thank you for the response.
@youless (89055)
• Guangzhou, China
15 Mar 17
I think it is very normal. I am important, my family and friends are important. Of course I think think about myself and the people who I know at first.
• Guam
15 Mar 17
@youless Look sound thought to me.
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@SHOHANA (7097)
• Bangladesh
27 Aug
my answer is YES, We should also love ourselves and take care ourselves. People may call us selfish, people always think the way they are actually
@ridingbet (43795)
• Philippines
24 Mar 17
we must love ourselves and that is not selfishness. it is not the I thing, but it is the selfless I thing. and we must love God like we love ourselves.
• Preston, England
23 Mar 17
not only ok but essential - to help others we need some me time in life too
@ShifaLk (7371)
• India
23 Mar 17
Being selfish is not good but yes i sometimes think more about myself. Maybe that's selfishness, or what i don't know
• Prairieville, Louisiana
20 Mar 17
I try not to be selfish but I love the greatest love of all by Whitney Houston.
@TheHorse (60549)
• Pleasant Hill, California
16 Mar 17
I think you have to love yourself before you can truly love others. But that doesn't mean being selfish. It just means being...accepting...of self and others.
@delhshop (773)
15 Mar 17
this character and many other charcter like jealousy are in us and if they are to some limit and under your control then its great, but yea its normal to have that character