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.
If there is no progress towards a two-state solution, the next wave of violence will be an INTRAfadah within the West Bank. *** Intrafadah: a violent uprising like the first and second intifadah, only this time instead of Palestinians fighting the Israelis, the fighting will be within Palestinian factions, as it was in Gaza, pitying [...]
Someone who overwhelmingly prefers vegetarian dishes but who will choose a rare meat or poultry dish when it looks exceptionally tasty. .