George’s Blog: Be Selfish!


Welcome to George’s blog. I play keyboards in the Alice Syndrome, and I’m also very interested in psychology, spirituality and self-transcendence. Groovhead tends to write all our lyrics, which always touch on subjects that hit deep into my interests.

Be Selfish

Don’t be afraid to be selfish, to be selfish, as you need

To fill your heart with love of your own being

For only when you love yourself sincerely

You can find joy in every moment of living


Some people may condemn you for being self-centred

But they are mistaken, and they don’t understand

How love operates in this world

That it requires self-love as the foundation


So just be selfish, focus on yourself

Until that love spills out of your soul

Then you will naturally feel the urge

To spread this love, and make others whole


Selfism is a term that refers to any philosophy, theory, doctrine, or tendency that upholds explicitly selfish principles as being desirable. It is usually used pejoratively and has been associated with various thinkers and movements, such as Ayn Rand, Objectivism, Satanism, and the New Age spirituality.

However, some proponents of selfism argue that it is not a form of egotism or hedonism, but rather a way of cultivating self-love that leads to a love of all others. They claim that by concentrating on loving oneself, one can achieve a higher level of awareness, happiness, and harmony with the universe. They also assert that it is not possible to love others if one does not know love within oneself.

One of the main arguments of selfism is that self-love is the foundation of all other forms of love. According to this view, one cannot give what one does not have. Therefore, if one does not love oneself, one cannot truly love others. Self-love is seen as a prerequisite for developing empathy, compassion, and altruism. Self-love is also considered to be a source of self-esteem, confidence, and authenticity. By loving oneself, one can accept oneself as one is, without needing external validation or approval. Self-love also enables one to overcome fear, insecurity, and negativity, and to pursue one’s true potential and purpose in life.

However, self-love can be distorted by a false sense of ego, which, as Baumeister said, is “a psychological construct that represents one’s self-image, self-esteem, and self-concept“. Ego-based love is a conditional and superficial form of love that depends on external validation and comparison with others. Ego-based love can lead to insecurity, jealousy, envy, and resentment, as well as a lack of genuine connection and compassion. Therefore, it is crucial to distinguish between self-love and ego-based love, and to cultivate the former while avoiding the latter. As Fromm said, “Self-love is an affirmation of one’s own life, happiness, growth, freedom; it is the sine qua non of loving others”.

Selfism is a controversial philosophy that advocates for self-love as the ultimate value and goal in life. It claims that by concentrating on loving oneself, one can also love others and the universe more deeply and authentically. It also argues that self-love is essential for personal growth, happiness, and spiritual enlightenment.

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