H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama’s Commentary on Selfishness

Selfishness

We can also approach the importance of compassion through intelligent reasoning. If I help another person, and show concerns for him or her, then I myself will benefit from that. However, if I harm others, eventually I will be in trouble. I often joke, half sincerely and half seriously, saying that if we wish to be truly selfish, then we should be wisely selfish rather than foolishly selfish. Our intelligence can help to adjust our attitude in this respect if we use it well, we can gain insights as to how we can fulfill our own self-interest by leading a compassionate way of life.