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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.
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.
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.
In the essay Poe criticized the inartistic didactic elements in the literature of his day, but included as material suitable for true poetical effect "all noble thoughts--all unworldly motives--in all holy impulses--all chivalrous, generous, and self-sacrificing deeds.
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.
Thus this noble, self-sacrificing ethics was ruined by the equal treatment, ultimately, of the good and the bad, which makes a laughing-stock of morality.
The dearth of men in the dance world means less competition for openings for male dancers; women often take time off mid-career to have children or care for aging parents; and a lifelong socialization process teaches men to be aggressive self-promoters and women to be self-sacrificing and apologetic.