I suppose having an endless supply of easily fooled people is a good thing. It keeps shops and what-have-you in business, doesn’t it. But sometimes I wonder.
I mean, surely there are better things to spend money on than all the unnecessary stuff we buy. Sometimes I think it’s too easy to fool us.
I suppose you have to wonder what else you’d spend your money on. I mean, if you’ve got spare money. There’s charity and all that, but what if you don’t care about the people who need help?
I mean, you don’t give to a charity for people you don’t like.
I’ve been thinking about this a lot. And I think perhaps it all comes down to being selfish.
What we need is for being selfish to be thought of as a good thing. Because let’s face it, we’re all selfish. What we need is for everyone to be selfish – but to be sensible as well.
If you’re being sensible, you’ll know you can’t ever be sure if some misfortune you thought only happens to others might not in fact hit you too. Accidents, illness, money troubles, family troubles: all sorts of things can happen to you, whoever you are.
So we ought to all be sensibly selfish and keep that in mind. If we could all remember that, then helping other people – charity – would make good sense for everyone, even if you’re also helping people you don’t particularly like along the way.
It would mean being sensibly selfish! You might helping out a charity but it would be for your own good too.
I call that good selfishness.
I don’t know how to get everyone to understand that.