self-interest

A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, marx, kafka, kierkegaard, isolationism, privatism, self-interest, and ego

All cities, all geography, even all art and music and writings and inventions are fastidiously subdivided into parcels of proprietary claims:  all the world, under the virtually theological rule of modern egology (“ego” taken as a ruling principle), is meticulously defined as “mine” versus “thine,” “ours” versus “theirs.”  We use our homes as we use our bodies, as we use our faces and our words as well:  as a mask and a shield, a barrier to exclude others.  Kafka captured the nightmarish dementia of man self-considered as an obscure and obsessive sort of reclusive mole (“The Burrow”), paranoiacally banking up involuted underground labyrinths against the anxiety of being invaded.  Kierkegaard, whom Kafka esteemed, had already written intricate expressions and symptomatologies of an “esthetic” type of personality hellbent on retreating from the public, natural or social domain, living a pathologically secretive life of perverse games and exploitative self-interestedness.  And Marx as well saw the capitalist or bourgeois class in toto as a constitutionally self-concealing and mendacious character-type, doomed always to relate to language and action only as a way of systematically misrepresenting their true purposes and qualities of personality.  The bourgeois world-construct is functionally complete when its underclass has been systematically and intimately hemmed-in by its ideological virtualities, the contrived and projected “false consciousness” in which it has been axiomatically catechized.

Kenneth Smith

Source: http://www.tcj.com/?p=605

Contributed by: Dave

A Quote by Fred Kofman on commerce, business, self-interest, and free market

Every act of commerce is an act of mutual service. Even though it can be motivated by self-interest, the market system channels that selfish energy towards helping others.

Fred Kofman

Source: Business-sattva: The Business Bodhisattva: http://www.axialent.com/eng/white_papers_details.asp?codigo=15

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, self-interest, psychoanalysis, and motives

When we analyze or diagnose or psychoanalyze people's motives (e.g. in politics or in reading a mystery novel or decoding some everyday remark), we are trying to puzzle out not just the tangle of emotions or interests that lie all on the same plane, but also the priority or hierarchy of different species of motive and interest:  cui bono? i.e. what element or organismic subsystem in his psyche ultimately benefited from his behavior or his ploy?  Differently put, the contents of experience and self-expression "differ" from one another not just qualitatively but also ordinally, in terms of their ranking or determinative power over one another.  

Kenneth Smith

Contributed by: Dave

A Quote by george soros on self-interest and altruism in business

...Whenever there is a conflict between universl principles and sel-interest, sel-interest is likely to prevail...

george soros

Source: Open Society: Reforming Global Capitalism, Pages: xvii

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A Quote by Norm Phelps on compassion, self-interest, and greed

It is a feeble compassion that pulls up short where self-interest begins

Norm Phelps

Contributed by: Ryan

A Quote by Norm Phelps on compassion, self-interest, and greed

It is a feeble compassion that pulls up short where self-interest begins

Norm Phelps

Source: The Great Compassion: Buddhism and Animal Rights

Contributed by: Ryan

A Quote by Norm Phelps on compassion, self-interest, and greed

It is a feeble compassion that pulls up short where self-interest begins

Norm Phelps

Contributed by: Ryan

A Quote by Jim Collins on ambition, level 5 leaders, self-interest, and ego

Level 5 leaders channel their ego needs away from themselves and into the larger goal of building a great company. It's not that Level 5 leaders have no ego or self-interest. Indeed, they are incredibly ambitious--but their ambition is first and foremost for the institution, not themselves.

Jim Collins

Source: Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't, Pages: 21

Contributed by: Brian

A Quote by Pope John Paul II on bureaucracy, control, creativity, interest, and self-interest

Where self-interest is suppressed, it is replaced by a burdensome system of bureaucratic control that dries up the wellspring of initiative and creativity.

Pope John Paul II (1920 -)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Napoleon Hill on imagination, interest, people, self-interest, and understanding

If your imagination leads you to understand how quickly people grant your requests when those requests appeal to their self-interest, you can have practically anything you go after.

Napoleon Hill

Contributed by: Zaady

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