My mistake then.No, I do not believe I am phrasing things altruistically at all.
That's a reiteration of your premise.That perception is based on your personal morality, not mine. To me, that would be perfect goodness.
Doing right by people means tailoring your behaviors to be considerate of their abilities and shortcomings out of sincere interest for their well being. There's nothing else anybody can do to be ethical, because ignoring them abdicates responsibility for humanity and dominating them takes away their freedom. Sometimes that might have counter-intuitive results: a person could resent you ignoring them, for trying to be kind to them, and for being cruel to them. If they are of a certain mindset there is nothing you can do to help them. It doesn't matter: nobody can predict or control the ultimate results of their actions because time and the collective nature of human behavior makes the ultimate results of our actions inscrutable.The application of one's conscience is also relative. Doing right by people is dependant on the combination of many factors. It is not possible to ultimately "do right" by people, because, in the process, one may "do wrong" by other people.
I wouldn't expect anyone to make the world or human relationships perfect. Ethics are about respect for the best parts of other peoples' existence, not utility.
The way we explain good and evil is variable, for the same reason reception to scientific theories that impose upon cherished worldviews is variable. We don't want them to get in the way, or obstruct our plans. So we think up less plausible alternatives.How each of us experiences gravity is fairly static. How each of us experiences good and evil is completely variable.