Putting aside our selfish ambition may not be easy. But sometimes it may be a matter of life and death.
This from Alexander’s Delayed Gratification post:
Some of us may be addicted to pleasure. We want the easy way out…the less painful…the less work…the most fun. Let’s face it, some of us are pleasure junkies. We may have even kicked our serious addictions, such as alcohol or drugs, but we still seek pleasure at an unhealthy rate.