Mankind tends to try to achieve what is best for themselves. We often think «what is in it for me?» In economic theory, we have the concept of maximizing our own utility and trying to get the most out of every situation and choice we are in front of.
There is nothing wrong in trying to achieve things in life and I think that everyone should try to get the most of their talents. The problem is when the maximization of «ME» is hurting the person next to us. When greed is set above values and so on. In situations like that we tend to forget about the other persons in our surroundings and it is easy to hurt people on our way to the maximization of ourselves.
I believe that it is possible to become successful and think about others well-being at the same time. I am a firm believer in karma and think that as you sow you will harvest. If you are an egoistic person only thinking about yourself you might succeed for a while but eventually, it will come back to you in some way. What I am trying to say is that if you treat people nice then people will treat you nice as well and you are not in risk of getting backstabbed by these people when you might need them. Don’t think that despite being at the top of your life that you will never need someone to support you. That can be everything from having someone to talk to or get recommendations for a job you are applying for. Respect needs to be earned and you must understand others in order to be understood. When you spread love to the people around you then people will start to care for you as well.
The message of this post is that we should always treat people in the way that we want to be treated. The golden rule in life and it actually works. You might think that it is stressful going around and think about others all the time but you will gain in the long run. You don’t need to be religious in order to believe in my message. Everyone should care for the person around them and the world will become a much better place if we can succeed by helping others to succeed as well. So I want to re-phrase the question, in the beginning, to «what’s in me for you?»
What are your thoughts on this topic?