Are you truly considerate of others feelings? Or do you just tell yourself you are to protect your own? To really care about another’s feelings, you sometimes have to sacrifice your own. You have to abandon your personal impulses toward selfishness and self-satisfaction in favor of selflessness.
Altruism is the opposite of the apathy that plagues the self-absorbed. It’s easy to give in to our own desires because that’s how we’ve been wired biologically after all. It’s much harder to not be a dick; to put others first; to say thank you; to be nice; to do the right thing; and to give a little bit for the betterment of the greater good.
As time passes, the world’s need for us all to be this way versus that way, continues to become more and more apparent and important to me. How about you?