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Building on Self-Interest: L1 Choices

Self-Interest is a Responsibility

All cooperation is, by definition, amongst individuals, and therefore it must be built on a foundation of the self-interest of each. In the present context, we mean prospering through hard work on one’s own behalf.

ClosedTHEE Note:

In practice, the way to ensure self-interest and avoid harm is if each individual is responsible for himself. In a business context, each organization must give priority to its own efforts, revenues, costs and profits.

Self-interest is inescapable—and it is a duty on everyone, i.e.Closed this is deontological ethics which affirms that the purposes in cooperating are ethically secondary.

Review: Market-centred Principles from a purely personal perspective.

At L1, the participant v shared-endeavour duality involves both poles simultaneously, so this is a Balanced Centre with the formula: L1B.


Each individual asks: "Would this time, attention and other resources of mine be better and more securely spent on my own work rather than that joint effort?"

Closed Q: Why cooperate? Why isn't personal hard work sufficient?

Originally posted: July 2009

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