Self-interest is to have an excessively high regard for oneself, to be conceited. It’s not difficult for us to see those who are.
Governments must show less signs of self-interest and self-importance. Their job isn’t about them. We must be ourselves without an ego, not in a smarmy look at me kind of way, but in a way that allows us to get on with our job and get on with our lives. With the current situation as it is, it is even more important what we do is unconditional.
We have few guarantees in life and guaranteed success is not one of them. When we put self-interest above everything else, we’re telling ourselves and the universe we care about ourselves more. In terms of what we do, it is not always possible that we will be the best at a particular skill, but we can be the best at being who we are.
Self-interest can only ever be short lived, no one likes a smartarse, someone who is cocky, pretentious, smarmy, or someone who pretends to care, when in fact they only care about themselves. Through greed and material wealth, our values have changed. We must take out any hint of self-interest, to be replaced with unconditional self-worth and self-acceptance.
And whilst we can’t help the family we’re born into, and how we will be parented as a result, as adults we must work on change so that we take out any hint of self-interest. It is never in our best interest to be self-serving, to have an excessively high regard for ourselves.