Cynicism and sophistication confused

Screen Shot 2016-06-15 at 09.03.23Dalrymple writes of what he calls ‘a perpetual temptation for the young‘. He looks back at his own youth:

It was all too easy to make universal egoism true by definition. All you had to do was take any apparently altruistic act and claim that it was performed really to win applause or to avoid the discomfort of guilt. The liberating consequences of this doctrine were evident: If all actions whatsoever were egoistic, then they were all equal and it did not matter what we did.

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