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Is it true that all human action is motivated by self interest?

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  1. Say you see a kid about to get hit by a bus
    You save the kid but end up getting hit by a bus
    I wouldn’t say that was motivated by self interest

    • Some people wouldn’t be able to live with themselves if they had not. It would always be on their mind so their actions were to keep THEIR mind clear. Therefore it’s a selfish decision.

    • Every decision that you make is ultimately to benefit yourself whether or not it objectively does, meaning even getting hit by a bus can be rationalized as selfish by the thought process that one couldnt live with themselves otherwise

  2. The definition of motivation is: the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way. I don’t agree that self interest is the primary motivation of all acts, but it is always a reason.

  3. At the end of the day technically nobody is completely dependant on someone else for survival. You yourself is responsible and capable for survival. So therefore from a biological standpoint our instincts our motives and actions will always be selfish.

  4. yes but like no. bc like some people do things because they look out for the best for/ in others and do things to help others

  5. It is true that self interest is a form of motivation, however I don’t believe it is the motivation of every single human action. It is true that self interest is needed to an extend to begin the action, but it is not necessarily the core motivation.

    • but what about like for example parents? they always look in the best interest for their children// would always put them first. would what they do for their children be in their self interest or their child’s?

      • first of all: not every parent look in the best interest for their children
        Second: protecting and caring about the children is also human nature

        • The definition is of motivation is not the primary driving force; it is all driving forces. Self may not be the primary driving force, but it is one of them.

  6. For people who want to commit suicide, it’s not really in self interest as it results in death of the person

    Knowing this class you find an argument against that but hey ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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