A great Stirner quote: for those who think heroism/good deeds have to be rooted in “altruism”….

“If we want to deliver the world from many kinds of unfreedom, we want this not on its account but on ours; for we are not world liberators by profession and out of ‘love’, we only want to win it away from others. We want to make it our own; it is not to be any longer owned as serf by God (the church) or by the law (state), but to be our own; therefore we seek to ‘win it’, to ‘captivate it’, and by meeting it halfway and ‘devoting’ ourselves to it as to ourselves as soon as it belongs to us, to complete and make superfluous the force that it turns against us. If the world is ours, it no longer attempts any force against us but only with us.My selfishness has an interest in the liberation of the world that it may become – my property.”
– Max Stirner
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2 Responses to A great Stirner quote: for those who think heroism/good deeds have to be rooted in “altruism”….

  1. ubermensch says:

    i’ll take this one step further: If we want to deliver the world from unfreedom, we MUST want this not on its account but ours. If you’re fighting to make the world free and only make the world free, the only thing youve truly freed is another “good cause” which will in due time lord itself over you just like whatever previous “good cause” was killed in its name — The world isn’t any more free if the protagonist who lives that world is still unfree in the name of that “freedom”, is it?

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