Originally Posted by LassieLove
Oh and just so I'm not completely misunderstood: I think it's fine to be selfish sometimes. It's ok to desire a beautiful body and to work for it! What's not ok with me is making untrue claims about how it actually doesn't harm anyone if people are overly concerned about how their bodies look, or how it's actually not harmful to anyone to be rich and to then use nearly all of one's money on self-centered, shallow desires. Be selfish all you want but please don't be hypocritical about it.
I honestly think it depends on the motive, here.
I, personally, intend to get fit--I've been watching closely what I eat, and I've given up smoking. I just feel
better, physically, for doing this. I haven't started walking regularly, yet, but when or if that day comes, and I gain the "perfect body", are you to say that I am selfish in wanting to be fit?
I know quite a number of people who think the same way--they watch what they eat, and they workout to be fit, not to "have the perfect body," even though that's what might result. And, I honestly don't think that it's selfish at all to have that attitude. Now, if they're really doing what they're doing to have a "perfect body," then I'll agree with you. But you don't know if a person with a "perfect body" actually gained that "perfect body" intentionally, unless you asked them (or, unless they're bodybuilders in some kind of competition). Hence, I don't think it wise to assume it.
There's nothing wrong with self-love, indeed it is healthy. But, all too often, self-love is confused for egocentrism, when they're different animals, entirely.