Being selfish is a form of self-preservation. After all, if we don’t think first of ourselves, and do all that is necessary to make sure we survive, then chances are we won’t. It’s a dangerous world out there and only those who know how to put themselves ahead of others can win.
That ’s for those who believe in the survival of, not the fittest, but the most uncharitable. However, what about those who believe that, as human beings, it’s the nobler sentiments that differentiate us from animals? It’s these features, they say, that have helped our species to evolve to a higher level and maintain our position as leaders on this planet: generosity, selflessness, caring for others, love, among others.
For me, the most powerful is love. If you have this feeling in your heart, the impossible can become possible. I know I sound like a dizzy romantic but I sincerely believe in the power of love. Whether it is that bond between parent and child, between relatives, between friends, or just between fellow humans, as long as it is there, you can forget about yourself. You are able to call on your inner good, if need be, to make a sacrifice for that special person.
Is everyone capable of selfless love? I would like to think so. But some may not be able to show it due to circumstances or situations in which they find themselves (so says my more forgiving side). Perhaps they should start small. After all, putting someone ahead of yourself doesn’t mean you have to donate an organ—as one of the interviewees in this issue has done—but it could just mean foregoing a small pleasure in order to make someone else happy. The high you get out of this could lead to bigger—and better— deeds.
In this month of love, we feature in this issue four people who have made sacrifices for their loved ones. Small or big, they have, in their own way, helped another human being. And this is the way for our species to survive—through thinking of others, not ourselves. Otherwise we would just be wasting the oxygen that we breathe.