Question: There is a category of people who are ready to help others, the sick and disadvantaged ones for example. But they are mainly driven by the fear that this could happen to them. Does it mean that altruism does not work in this case?
Answer: It does not matter. A person understands that if he does altruistic actions, then he will be fine. This is still a more developed form of egoism.
Question: So it isn’t bad when a person tries to help someone?
Answer: Of course it is not bad. It is better if we offer something to each other—even though everyone is offering something that is more pleasant, more profitable, and safer for him—it is still better than standing with bayonets all the time and bristling against each other. What is good about that?
It is better to come to some kind of mutual agreement even if it is an egoistic one and cooperate rather than pointing bayonets at each other.
From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. What does the Creator wants” 11/3/09