Self interest seems to be the rule of the day. And it probably has been from the beginning of time. Religious and spiritual disciplines preach tolerance and love for our neighbors. That love for ourselves and the people around us is the way we should live our lives. And it all sounds good and right to me.
Is tolerance and love for our fellow man only applicable if ones survival is not threatened? The hummingbird needs to eat or die. Do the herds of antelope in Africa or the schools of tuna in the Pacific work and live together peacefully because it is their way of surviving? Do nations and races create ideologies that bond their societies together as a way of protecting themselves from other races, allowing them to survive? Is a world of plenty for all the only way we can achieve peace and love? I wonder... I have more than enough feeders for all the hummingbirds in Ridgewood.
Seems to me that self interest, honesty and directness is the only way to achieving understanding, and eventually for defining behaviors that are in the best interest for all. People and animals quickly know the rules and adapt in ways that assure their survival. If they don't adapt, they die.