I asked him, "Of these four, which one is right? Which is the right way of being?"
"They are all right, in their own contexts," he answered. "Each one of these worldviews emerged for the people who hold them due to their life conditions. They are appropriate worldviews for people to hold, depending on their circumstances. There is no one right way for all people to be, universally. Some ways are good at certain times, in certain situations."
"Shouldn't we be trying to encourage people to adopt that last one, the one concerned with others, and the health of the system?”
“No,” he answered. “That should not be our goal. It’s not necessary, and largely a waste of time. People can grow into being other types throughout their lives, but they only do so at their own pace, in their own time. We don’t want to eliminate any of the types. They all have something to contribute.”
"I'm not sure I can see how that only-out-for-themselves type can be any good," I said.
"That drive can actually be very useful, if it's channelled appropriately. It can be a drive to succeed, spurring us to accomplish great things," he said.
"Ah," I said. "I think I'm beginning to see. In order for there to be a healthy society, there needs to be a way for these four types to work together."
"Exactly," he said. "If any one of the types becomes dominant, it can lead to grief. A healthy society needs the balancing energy of all of them.”
Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic.
- Marin Luther King, Jr.