Are you more selfish than you think?

What Most People Get Wrong About Generosity and Selfishness

Just how generous should you be? If you think there’s a simple moral answer, you’re wrong and possibly selfish. Far more than we notice the answer depends not on morality but practical context. If you’re dealing with a hard bargainer you’ll need to be less generous than if you’re dealing with a giver. Give and take requires balanced counter-pressure. We should be as generous and selfish as we need to be to maintain give and take. Give as good as you get, and expect to get as good as you give. If you are from a cutthroat community where competition is fierce, generosity will be your ruin. In a community of softies, selfishness is unjustified. Most people ignore this. ….[READ]


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