Entry 79: We Are
What do you consider more selfish; helping out a neighbor or a complete stranger?
Obviously, this sounds like an odd question. How can helping people be more selfish? Wouldn't that be more generous? Well, the selfish aspect comes to play when you consider why you would help a certain person.
If a friend asks you for $5, would you give it to them? Now, what if a vagabond, who may or may not look like they carry a shady demeanor, asks you for any small amount of money? Would you give a dollar to a person who panhandles streetwalkers all day long? Why not, right? I mean, it's just a dollar.
Ok, now a different scenario. Let's say that I ask you, as a co-worker, to do a certain task that helps out other employees, but at the expense of a little more work? So you decline; that's fine. But now our boss walks in, asks the same task from you, and you accept the task without a fuss. Why did you agree with the boss and not I, even though we both had valid reasons for the said task?
When you lend a friend something, either your time or monetary compensation, but you don't do the same for a stranger, isn't that selfish? And if someone asks you to assist them with more work, but you only agree to the person who ranks higher than you, isn't that selfish, too?
I understand that many of these are purely hypothetical, but these are the thoughts that run through my head when I see complete strangers at my job. I try my best to give my full attention and assistance to those who never did anything for me and that I might never see again.
If we consider everyone as friends or equals, then do we become selfless?