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More Selflessness, Less Selfishness

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Written by Jennifer Nini

Our world rewards confidence.

It rewards the ego.

It rewards those who fought their way to the top.

It rewards the triumphant.

It rewards the pretty, the smart, the wealthy.

It rewards the privileged.

It rewards talent and hard work and persistence.

It has a tendency to reward selfishness.

More Selflessness, Less Selfishness

People forget that no man is an island.

People forget about collaboration.

People forget that looks aren’t everything.

People forget that money doesn’t equal happiness.

People forget to build their character.

People forget those who helped them along the way to success.

People learn selfishness.

Jennifer Nini Editor-in-chief Eco Warrior Princess

Why not be open-minded?

Why not live with integrity?

Why not build up others? 

Why not be a beacon of light?

Why not perform a random act of kindness?

There’s already plenty of selfishness.

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Imagine if those with more than enough shared with those who have nothing.

Imagine if we gave more than we took.

Imagine if we valued community as much as ourselves.

Imagine if we used our creativity to solve global problems.

Imagine if we used our lives to serve others.

We wouldn’t be so selfish.

Eco Warrior Princess Amilita Photo Shoot

Credits:

Photography – Ben McGuire

Stylist/Model – Jennifer Nini

Dress – Amilita the Label

Shoes + Sunglasses – Model’s own

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About the author

Jennifer Nini

Jennifer Nini is a writer, activist and the founding editor of Eco Warrior Princess. In 2010, after studying Fashion Business, she launched Eco Warrior Princess to explore her interests in fashion, politics, social justice and sustainability. Jennifer is also the founder of The Social Copywriter, a digital agency harnessing the power of copywriting and content marketing to help mindful businesses reach more people. When she's not perfecting a sentence or coaching business clients, you will find her at her certified organic farm reconnecting with nature.

4 Comments

  • True that. I’ve been thinking a lot about the value, and really the human necessity, of community, how we’re losing it by cloistering ourselves in neighborhoods full of people who think just like us and in online communities that are extremely niche and avoiding all other forms of connection.

    I love my job at a secondhand shop because I can’t cloister myself. I have to be present with all sorts of people, and they are present with me and it is so gratifying. We need strong communities full of people who are accountable to each other. We need someone to disagree with us in a gracious way so we can improve. It’s difficult but essential to flourishing.

    • I’ve been contemplating the same thing Leah. Its great to strengthen bonds with people who share the same values but then I am also wary of being inside echo chambers too 🙂 Great to know you have a job that allows you to connect with a diverse set of people.

      I work for myself now and as I have control over the type of clients and brands I work with, I also tend to work with like-minded business people. However I am still very connected with friends I met whilst working in the corporate world – and many of them don’t value what I value.

      Many of my besties – whom I met before I became actively involved in sustainability and ethical fashion – would call me the ‘hippiest’ person they know and I laugh because when we’re at social events, I can see it’s true. But we each add value to each others lives and its our diverse values and interests that promote understanding and greater tolerance. I’m lucky to get their perspectives as it’s like getting a dose of ‘reality’ each time and it also encourages me to be more creative in how I shape my message 🙂

  • I loved how you wrote it like a poem. It’s a good thing to recite everyday. Being a new blogger it’s easy to get caught up in yourself and to try to be what you think others want from you. Thank you for this reminder

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