Hope for nations in selfless acts

Originally published in The Christian Science Monitor, September 29, 2015.

A Christian Science Monitor editorial (see facing page) on the devaluations of the Chinese currency pointed out the need for nations to look out not just for their own self-interest but for the interests of other countries, bringing to bear in their decision-making a broader sense of fairness—blessing others as well as their own citizens. This is particularly so when their decisions may have a direct impact on the prosperity of other nations, the editorial pointed out.

Are such higher motivations in the actions of individuals, as well as of nations, too much to hope for in a world in which self-interest often seems to trump concern for others?

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