I always pondered this. How many people in the world are good because they want to have the VIP lounge in heaven, and how many are good because they’d rather not be a jackass?
Pictured: the issue I’ve always had when people say “join our religion because you’ll get into heaven”. If you do something good just to further yourself, you’re being self-centred, not truly kind-hearted. This is the same problem I have with people who do good things purely because of the idea of karma.
This is something I’ve been thinking about for a long time. Is there such a thing as truly acting selflessly? I can’t think of any way for deeds (good or bad) not to serve some selfish purpose. Even if the intent is simply to “not be a jackass”, the deed is still done because you feel bad when you’re a jackass and you feel good when you’re not.
(Source: atheist-me, via fried-beatz)