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is there a living thing that is selfless?

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Answer #1 | 26/12 2013 12:49
I don't think so. There is no selflessness, because the self is all there is.
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Answer #2 | 26/12 2013 12:26
We do not know enough to answer with certainty, but it could be that there is and we have to come across it in order to attest to it's existence.
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Answer #3 | 26/12 2013 12:24
Being a HUMAN BEING I can only acquaint with HUMAN BEING feelings...... Sorry.... Additional details..... I AM SELFLESS, does that help ?......
Positive: 50 %
Answer #4 | 26/12 2013 13:01
If selfless involves sacrifice, then, there are animals which protect their young at the expense of their own life, in the least deliberately incurring pain in the process. But to argue this is selfless is a bit of a stretch, since it could also be argued it's the sum of complex neurochemical and biological responses as opposed to anything more fancy like intelligence. Your question excludes human beings, perhaps it should not. Humans, as other animals, are born "selfish" - i.e., even when cooperating, doing so instinctively for some benefit. Yet, unlike other species, humans have the intelligence and capacity to choose to override instinct that would kick in in other animals, provided the intelligence involves concepts (like of spirituality, philosophy, etc...) enabling such override. Ultimately, it can be argued every living thing whether instinctively or intentionally seeks something in return. I however in my opinion would argue among species with capacity to be truly selfless there are bouts of such genuine selflessness as opposed to it being on continual regular basis. -Pat
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Answer #5 | 26/12 2013 13:48
When you, person or beast or plant, do surrender your life to your butcher, you are selfless, unless you will use the trick of materially getting devoured by your foe so that your cells may wander up into some expression of higher life. I am not kidding you! Ah! ah! ah! ah! Good luck!
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Answer #6 | 26/12 2013 12:40
This is an impossibility in my opinion. The first instinct of any living creature capable of having instincts is self preservation. The closest any of us can come to selflessness is the instinct to sacrifice oneself for the sake of children. However, this desire to provide for the next generation is merely an extension of self-preservation in the sense that the continuation of our species is the only REAL yardstick we have to measure the success of self-preservation.
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Answer #7 | 26/12 2013 13:36
Everything NEEDS something in order to be living, but I think maybe there is some organism that is born to aid another and dies soon after or becomes part of another. Good question.
Positive: 50 %
Answer #8 | 26/12 2013 14:07
No. It is impossible to be selfless on planet Earth no matter how basic the living thing is. On Earth every living thing must be both opportunistic and greedy in order to survive. That is the way things work on this planet, and if one day they didn't work that way then you could be on a different planet.
Positive: 50 %
Answer #9 | 26/12 2013 16:56
God
Positive: 50 %
Answer #10 | 26/12 2013 14:09
Water, pure water has only healing capacities. We are almost all water.
Positive: 50 %
Answer #11 | 26/12 2013 13:06
Being selfless is being selfish. What you project outwardly reflects inwardly. Living life loving.
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Answer #12 | 26/12 2013 13:09
The world we live in is an ecosystem.
Positive: 25 %
Answer #13 | 26/12 2013 15:04
Yes.
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Answer #14 | 27/12 2013 17:46
A crawlfish
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Answer #15 | 27/12 2013 06:05
No!
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