In relation to this I was awed today after finding out that another commenter (Joe A) at Anthony's blog had gifted me with an order of DVD's containing convention footage. This gift was not altruistic in any way. In fact it was a purely selfish action which came down to the desire to support the convention.
As Anthony put in his 2010 speech in Orlando - "Your own expression of doing what is in your best interest may be different than my own, but I strongly encourage you to follow it – for your own sake, and mine."
Joe A made it undeniably clear of his reasons for his action. They were inherently selfish, and he benefited from it. Yet both myself, Anthony and the convention benefited also from this action.
It just goes to show how powerful a virtue rational self-interest truly is.
I'll add one more quote from Anthony's essay - “We can help each other best, by helping ourselves first”.
"…I must say, this group of young people has given me hope for the future. Their motivation to improve their lives in all realms was truly inspiring… I now feel like here may be some hope that this generation can be instrumental in pulling us from the brink of economic and societal collapse. Thanks to Anthony for putting together such a great event and such an impressive group of young people."
-Doug McGuff MD
"I have come to realise what The 21 Convention really stands for; integrity, self esteem, the rational mind, making the most of the life you have and valuing that life. I feel that with you leading it and the men that it attracts pushing it forward, it will not just represent a changing paradigm in this world, but it can, and I believe will, change it."