You see, that's how society defines good and evil. If the outcome is something society approves of, it's good even though the motivations for both the good act and evil act emanate from the same selfish or self preservation inclination.
More good than evil.
The default nature is to be evil, people can chose to do good deeds but our inherent nature is evil.
Tired of elections being between the lesser of two evils.When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser. -Socrates
I wouldn't say evil, but I would say seriously flawed and prone to self-harm.
"No religion is true, but some religion, any religion, is politically necessary. Law and morality are insufficient for the large majority of men. Obedience to the law and to the morals are insufficient for making men happy. […]Law and morality are therefore in need of being supplemented by divine rewards and punishments."
All cultures are different and the definitions of good and evil are different in every culture.
Americans have the capacity to be unbelievably altruistic and benevolent and those who have been in life or death situations know that men sometimes give their lives for complete strangers for no obvious reason whatsoever. On the other hand, sometimes you do what you have to do to survive. Sometimes you don't.
"It ain't what they call you, it's what you answer to." - W. C. Fields
Spanky, the statement is phrased " there's no such thing as a selfless act". This doesn't mean every act is selfish, but that every act is in someway self centered.
Not that surprising, since the basis of morality is " do unto others..."
selfish - takes the path of least resistance.
- Colonel Paul YinglingNobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.
Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.
All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.