Distinguishing between the two is important, especially as Hispanas y Hispanos, since our culture sometimes frames acting in our own self-interest in a selfish, negative manner.
When we act in our own self-interest, it means making choices that benefit us without necessarily causing harm to others. It's a natural inclination to prioritize our well-being, like pursuing personal goals or taking care of our needs—repeat, our needs….independent of the expectations and needs of others.
On the other hand, selfishness involves prioritizing oneself at the expense of others. It goes beyond self-interest, often involving actions that harm or neglect the needs of those around us.
Acting in your self-interest is about making choices that benefit you, while being selfish implies disregarding others' well-being. Striking a balance between the two is key for healthy relationships and personal growth.
Igual de importante, discerning the difference between the two and always keeping our self-interests as a priority is key as we step forward into 2024.