I had an attending in residency who in addition to his medical degree also had a Ph.D. in psychology. He always said, “Everything… every action… boils down to the desire for sex, money, or power.” His point was that even if something appears altruistic on the surface, it never really is. There is always secondary gain. This was hardly a groundbreaking statement, I suppose, but I had not thought about the world on those terms before and I have not been able to look at the world in the same way since.
BUT, isn’t it reassuring to know that we are all on the same playing field? We are all human. We all have the same weaknesses, struggles, core desires.
We are all flawed.