well pretty much every action a plant does is for its own survival and making a new generation of itself, right?. that sounds pretty selfish.
As far as most people know, plants don't have a sense of self. So, in this case the word "selfish" does not apply.
On the other hand... we can take a clue from this. A plant acts to further its longevity in a selfless manner... or without a sense of self. It does so because of genetic determiners and because of certain natural laws (what the laws are I don't know... let's call them "survival laws")
The same can be said of humans. Humans may have developed a sense of "self" and on the surface their acts appear "selfish". But, let's just theorize that the "sense of self" humans have managed to develop is a trait of a genetic determination that is, in turn, an expression of a natural law or "survival law". With this in mind we can say that all humans are acting "selflessly" because their actions and beliefs are being determined by genetics and by natural law.
This is a round about way of repeating what I said in my last post which was
As I said before,
my conclusion is that "self" is basically a concept born of
an organism which is a composite of matter and em radiation.
The debate should really be about whether or not there is
a "self" to begin with.
If no one can prove "self" to be a viable and verifiable
entity then all animal, plant and mineral actions are indeed "selfless".
This would render the answer to the question posed in this thread "yes".
So, if selflessness is a trait of Heros and Saints then it would follow that every living and non-living entity is an hero or a saint. And I agree.