Saturday, October 11, 2008

Selfishness

While I support selfishness as a great founding principle of how to properly live life, this is always meant to be in a manner that is not excessively injurious to others, and not injurious at all if it can be so helped. I do not want to get into the semantics too much here because it becomes very messy: if I do not buy a product from seller A because it is a a small business and more expensive but do buy it from seller A because it is a large business that can offer it cheaper, I am serving my selfishness and injuring one and not the other (and possibly injuring other people by buying from a large chain who uses unfair practices or whatever), and buying from both seller A and B is perfectly fine, but B is the logical selfish choice. One could, of course, also be selfishly getting some extra sense of satisfaction (which could be vain or not; stupid if vain, not if not) from supporting the small business...and is injuring the large chain, too.

An easy example of what I mean is that smoking in public where anyone who does not want to breathe in your smoke and will be forced to loiter in the general area (a crowded street, for instance) is a selfishness that ought not be tolerated. They can do whatever they want in private establishments that allow it, as people who dislike the smoke can then avoid it. People with weak lungs should not ever have to find themselves short of breath due to smoking in public, nor should anyone else who does not want to have to either, nor should anyone who despises the smell have to smell the hideous stench.

Selfishness is a stellar altar to serve at, and one ought to serve one's interests while tempering it with a respect for the right of others to be selfish.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

i agree i hate selfishness for example i dont think this blog is very selfihs because no one ever visits it

nigger said...

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This film was released on DVD in Japanese with English subtitles in Region 1 on 30 January 2001.

nigger said...

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nigger said...

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nigger said...

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Medieval cathedral

A Medieval Cathedral was situated on the site prior to the 18th Century building, but few traces of it are visible. The cathedral was damaged during the siege of Cork in 1689/90, when it came under fire from the nearby Elizabeth Fort. When the steeple was demolished in 1865, a 24-pound cannon was discovered, which is now on display in the cathedral.

A small Neo-Classical building was constructed on the site in 1735 by Bishop Peter Browne. It was demolished in 1865 to make way for the present cathedral. The 1735 entrance gate survived the re-building and is still in use.
Burges' Resurrection Angel
Burges' Resurrection Angel

Architect William Burges began work on the present Gothic Revival cathedral in 1862. Construction started on the cathedral in 1865 and in 1870 the unfinished building was consecrated. The towers and spires were finally completed in 1879.

Burges gifted a Resurrection Angel, made of copper and gold leaf, which is located on the pinnacle of the sanctuary roof. There is a local superstition which states that if ever the angel falls, it would signify the end of the world.

The 2nd Cork (St. Fin Barre's Cathedral) Scout Troop, Scouting Ireland are a prominent feature of the local community.