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20) More precisely, an act x is a self-sacrificing act if and only if there exists an available alternative y such that the agent would be better off were she to perform y, and yet she performs x, knowing that this means that she will be worse off, because she wants to bring about some end that she believes has a greater chance of being realized if she performs x than if she performs y.
The problem arises when too much is expected of Mother Nature; both mother and nature are seen as infinite sources of providing, caring, and self-sacrificing to the point where mothers and nature find themselves exhausted and depleted.
The Pre-Boomer Generation is disappearing fast--the generation that believed in service and self-sacrificing for a higher cause, and supporting the institutions they believed in.
Unlike ants, bees, or Hollywood heroes, most of the world's 4,000 or so aphid species aren't by any stretch of the definition self-sacrificing social animals.
While Fulton's 1900 novel Hanover celebrates self-sacrificing black females, Hopkins's Contending Forces, from the same year, demonstrates that patriarchy is not exclusively white.
Alternative Gifts International (AGI) has a self-sacrificing solution to your problem.
army--restrained, self-sacrificing, and trained (one would hope) for just this kind of work.
But look at what a self-sacrificing, stupid mother she is" (p.
While I think it extremely important not to be seduced by moralizing on the purity of self-sacrificing love, especially as this relates to central cultural myths like the nobility of motherhood or Jesus' substitutionary self-sacrifice for human sin, I find the psychology of the human potential movement as the justification for self-fulfillment every bit as troubling in its ideology of self-interest and individual autonomy.
Only through self-sacrificing labor we will be able to transform ourselves and our country, to pave the way to new horizons of development.
For McSorley this was not a meaningless sacrifice but an act of solidarity and an added mortification to an already ascetic and self-sacrificing life.
It is the church's task to imitate this extraordinary divine model of the self-sacrificing cross for the welfare of the world.