Motivation Equals Progress
Self interest is a driving force; it is motivation. Motivation leads to progression and without progression early man would never have gotten past learning about fire. There is no single purpose of self-interest, it is for the individual to decide, but it is my motivation to live and I am convinced that it raises the standards of life.
All things naturally progress because they adapt. According to Darwin, the strong survive; that is, the members of a species best suited to their environment. Progress is a number of different things but it generally means a forward movement. In one of its forms it is characterized by events like the industrial revolution and scientific revolution. These events are considered progressive because they have helped man control the environment around him with greater ease and precision.
Self-interest serves to better my life. It encompasses both hobbies and passions. Hobbies are relaxing and promote self-enjoyment. Therefore, I work hard and endure the days of unpleasant chores because I am motivated to participate in my hobbies like racing sailboats and driving cars. Bettering my life through self-enjoyment allows me to contribute in a more affective way to society. A person who has spent a weekend participating in their hobbies and passions will be much more relaxed than someone who has been working without any self-satisfaction. A relaxed person is a more productive person and productive people tend to give of themselves in society.
Motivation towards self-enjoyment leads to an overall improvement in society. Without motivation would Einstein have had any reason to invent the theory of relativity? Self interest is the driving force behind invention and creativity. Most hobbies need capital to be participated in. The production of capital coincides with contributions of ideas and new products to society.
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