Ahhh Friends! You can learn so much from such a simple sitcom. Season 5, episode 4 “The one where Phoebe hates PBS”, they debate whether an act can ever really be selfless, because somehow there is always some kind of selfish reason for doing it whether for your own personal gratification or something else.
On the way to work, I was listening to NPR and they gave companies who support causes as an example. These companies are getting all kinds of attention and business all because they appear to be compassionate.
On some level, this can all be considered wrong, but if these selfish people and selfish companies weren’t giving for their own reasons, there wouldn’t be many people left who were doing these deeds out of the goodness of their hearts. And therefore not many people or organizations would be getting the help they need.
So in the name of Christmas, try to give selflessly, but if you are going to be selfish, you might as well do some charity work.