Neutrality Is No Friend Of Mine

What standards could a person possibly be held accountable to if they felt no sense of loss or gain by their choices? I don’t trust the person who merely believes in doing the right thing. I trust the person who feels a sense of gain in their doing of the right thing. I trust the… Continue reading Neutrality Is No Friend Of Mine

Incentives & Integrity

The existence of an incentive is not evidence of duplicity, it’s evidence of humanity. Zig Ziglar was fond of saying, “everything is sales.” What he meant was that all human interaction was driven by the desire to influence one another’s behavior in an effort to acquire some form of personal gain. It is a common… Continue reading Incentives & Integrity

Christianity, Self-interest, and The Myth of Altruism

In a recent post, I argued that even when you do things for others, you’re doing them for you. I followed up with a post on yesterday entitled None Are Selfless in which I elaborated on the same theme. Since then, I have been asked to give my thoughts about how this idea relates to Christianity. Doesn’t the… Continue reading Christianity, Self-interest, and The Myth of Altruism

None Are Selfless

“I did it for me. I liked it. I was good at it. And I was really — I was alive.” Walt, Breaking Bad “If I don’t buy a new dress so that I can feed my son, it’s not a sacrifice, as I value my son more than the dress.” -Alana Bush “The incentive that… Continue reading None Are Selfless

Even when you do things for others, you’re doing them for you

It’s easy to play the martyr. All of us are capable of fooling ourselves into believing that our choices are fundamentally about something other than our own fulfillment. Every choice we make, however, is directly connected to our desire for personal happiness or inner peace. Whatever it is we decide to do, it is because… Continue reading Even when you do things for others, you’re doing them for you