Definition: Enlightened Self-Interest

Doing something out of ‘self-interest’ but defining self-interest in a
broad enough and sufficiently long-term &/or sufficiently
consequential way that bears in mind societal impact.

Example: working to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not
‘altruistic’ at all. It is based on the imperative to prevent a
tragic world for our offspring. It is based on the recognition that
if the conflict doesn’t get resolved, it will impact all of OUR lives
- and that if WE don’t take steps to end it – nobody will do it for us.

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  3. brandon said:

    enlightened self -interest, an understanding that through your-SELF in harmony with the immutable laws, that what you give, you receive, thus you will be giving everything that you want.

  4. David Bowman said:

    1) “Everybody does better when everybody does better.”

    2) “individual interests are best served by mutual cooperation.”

    3) “…a shared sense of responsibility.”

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