QUOTE: “Since all motives at bottom are selfish and ignoble, we may judge acts and qualities only by their effects.” — H.P. Lovecraft

What effects do you produce when you give to a panhandler? What effects do you produce when you do not give?

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  1. I don’t agree with H. P. Lovecraft. Selfish can be defined as seeking personal gain at the expense of another. Ignoble is generally associated with “mean or without merit.” Yet, there are countless examples of people behaving in a manner that provides courageous and noble service to others. So, his theory (assertion) is disproven….

    1. What he’s saying is that a noble act, even in a case without observers, is self aggrandizing, a matter of ego. “I’m a better person than all those selfish people. “

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