“A wise unselfishness is not a surrender of
yourself to the wishes of anyone, but only to the best discoverable course of
action.” – David Seabury

You normally look beyond simple self-interest. This does not
mean that you never proceed purely based on self-interest because you
occasionally do. Rather, it means that you scan the “interest field” before proceeding.
This is usually fairly instantaneous and automatic but most always precedes
action. You normally know whose interests are affected by your action and the
nature of the effect. That insight then becomes an important element in your
action equation, giving you a concurrent short and long-term perspective, thus
reducing the likelihood of negative eventualities following your action. Your
actions seldom come back to bite you.