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Using this line of reasoning, could you also say that crimes of passion might be a character flaw which as been acted upon and assumed (nod, in countless smaller ways) for such a long time, that when a crisis moment comes, it has already been reasoned out?
Well, now that you mention it ... Yes. If a crime of passion involves an outburst of anger or jealousy that cannot be controlled, I wonder how many smaller scenarios there were when these vices were allowed to grow, instead of gaining mastery over them. If there are these kinds of tests in our lives, even hindsight of failure would be "a time of reasoning" before the next time the opportunity comes 'round.
I was reading William Barclay once who quoted someone else ... "Sow an act, reap a habit. Sow a habit, reap a character. Sow a character, reap a destiny."
But to bring this back to the issue of egoism ...
Even a heroic act can be without the element of immediacy ... It is conceivable that such an act might be well considered beforehand. So the whole attempt to describe heroic actions as Pavlovian knee-jerks, and to thereby cast doubt upon their virtue, is faulty in my opinion.
So let's take everything away which can be assailed on other grounds, such as immediacy and reaction, and say that there was time for the heroic deed to be adequately thought out, and determinately chosen. Let's use the hardest example, so that the egoist must face the fact that unless egoism (by it's own admission and standards) can account for ALL actions, and not one less, it is false.