Is it o.k. to be so self centered that when someone says, "Y'know someone always has it worse.", to shrug it off as inapplicable? I would say coldly, no.
It's the whole "glass half full/empty" parable, I say it's half empty, you say half full= perspective=relative.
I hold on to the notion of everything is relative, meaning one's perspective is not the same as another's.
Yet sympathy pervails, we feel another's plight, but when it comes down to it, why do we feel sympathy?
I would argue it is becacause we derive a sense of gratificacation from "helping" it makes us feel good to do so.
So my question is, Are we not all doing "good" based off of narcissistic ideals if even sub-concious? (assuming the notion of 'good' isn's scripitually based...)
Actually, since the discovery of mirror neurons, we now know that we really do experience what we observe others experiencing. This ties us together in the experience so that in helping others we are actually feeling the relief we are providing. I view it as a very complex implementation of Dawkins' selfish gene.