Originally Posted by Claudius
Cory, it seems that your ideology (if I can call it that) are that humans are naturally selfish.
Yes. Although, the selfishness can manifest in a way where the individual isn't happy unless he makes others happy. Like, you have the father who not only helps his kids a lot, but does a lot of unpaid work for neighbors, or does community work, or hell, he might even go overseas to do some kind of charity work.
There is altruism, but people do it because it makes them feel good. So it's a selfish altruism.