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Quotation by Hans Selye:

Egotism is the most characteristic, the most ancient, and the most essential property of life. All living beings, from the simplest amoeba to man, are of necessity closest to themselves and themost natural protectors of their own interests. ...Selfishness is natureal, yet it is ugly; we are so much repulsed by it that we try to deny its existence in ourselves. It is also dangerous to society. ...To me, even altruism is a modified form of egotism, a kind of collective selfishness that helps the community. Unconsciously, we sense that altruism engenders gratitude. By awakening in another person the wish that we should prosper because of what we have done for him, we elicit gratitude which is perhaps the most characteristically human way of assuring our security (homeostasis). It takes away the motive for a clash between selfish and selfless tendencies. By inspiring the feeling of gratitude, we induce others to share with us our natural wish for our own well being.

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Source: From Dream To Discovery; On Being a Scie
Uttered: 1964     Permalink


Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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