Statesboro, GA, USA
Stephanos, please save me from the man who does not have self-satisfaction as a motive. True, there may be many motives for one's actions but, if that is not one, the others make little sense. Even somewhere in the Bible, if I remember right, it refers to going out and doing goods deed secretly as a pathway to heaven.
While I would point out that Jesus taught doing good deeds as a way to "lay up treasure in heaven", rather than a way to get there (an important distinction), I'm in agreement with you otherwise.
You're saying that the strand of self consideration is always more or less present, somewhere. I'm only knocking the philosophy which insists that the other strands are really only the same thing in facade. You might call it mutualism as an alternative to egoism.
This leaves room for the traditional understanding of "selfishness", and the moral framework, to remain intact ... not to go about nailing others with the slur, but to turn it upon ourselves, checking, as in a mirror, whether or not it is gaining ground.
Wow, Mike, I'm in amazement at the concord here. I'm liking the "ballad" you're singing. Usually its dueling banjos between the two of us.