A Rational Value of Self

The Modern Survival Guide #110

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A Rationale Sense of Self is Balanced

Part of having a sense of self-value is determining when we should take care of ourselves, and when we should take care of everything else. Now, self-care itself is a very broad topic, but in general when I talk about self-care I mean those actions that we take to ensure a healthy body, mind, and spirit.

A Rational Value of Self is Situational

Ok, cool, we should value ourselves and be balanced in all things. Groovy.

A Rational Value of Self Includes Others

Let me put this bluntly, because most of us need to hear it: you are not always the center of the universe. It is said that we are all the heroes of our own story; it is instructive to remember that sometimes we need to be supporting characters in another person’s novel. A rational value of self includes the idea that our personal needs are not the only, or even the most important, consideration at some times. Sometimes it is most rational for us to support others.

  • We value others because in so doing we create networks of gratitude and obligation, which we can call upon for favors or support at a later date.
  • We value others because in so doing we support a group or cause which promotes a product, solution, or value we would like to see in the world. One man by himself ain’t worth a damn, but a dozen people, or a hundred, or a thousand can organize, form movements, promote causes, and generally raise hell.
  • W value others because to value something beyond ourselves is perhaps the most rational action that any short-lived, fragile life form can possibly take, at least in the long term. We will die, or be so injured that we cannot do those things we would wish to do, and it’s simply a matter of when, not if, this will occur. To value others is a step towards the preparation of our legacy: we support that which will carry on when we cannot.

Do Not Forget to Care for Yourself

Ultimately, remember that a rational value of the self cannot forget the “self.” In many different circumstances in your life, you will be your only advocate; or at the very least, your only advocate on the scene. So yes, be balanced between self-care and other things. Yes, allow for situations where you cannot give yourself the level of indulgence you might otherwise. Yes, care for others. These are all good things.

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