Selfish, or Person?

Today, on  questions prompted by a total lack of structure and ocean air: Selfishness. To what degree is certain amount of selfishness just part of our nature – an animalistic instinct to act out of self interest and protect ourselves? Are we born with a certain amount of selfishness? People who are arguably extremely selfless: how did that happen? Was it how they were reared or some life experience that forced them to forget themselves? Or are they angels? Does a person only discover a true, deep selflessness once they have children, or witnessed great tragedy? Do people sometimes intentionally  have children to become better human beings? Subquestion: Does this work?

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