[quote=MamaGeek]Reading through the breastfeeding thread, I came upon this question, upon which there was much disagreement:
Is selfishness a sin?
How many times have you come home from work/school/grocery shopping/whatever, totally beat, and put off some household chore to relax and unwind? Is this selfish? Is it sinful?
A family is just getting by, living in a small house in a crowded neighborhood with few amenities. They have one beat-up old car, and are often frustrated trying to schedule their activities around its availability to one parent or the other. Is it selfish for a SAHP to go back to work for a while to save up for a second used car to ease some of the scheduling problems, even if he or she is less available to the kids for a while? Is it sinful?
Is it selfish to write a Christmas list? Is it selfish to do something fun, like playing a game, or watching a movie, when you could be spending the time in prayer? Is it a sin to selfishly hide the last of the girl scout cookies in the back of the pantry to save them from your kids/siblings/spouse?
Where do you draw the line?
I think the examples I posed clearly demonstrate that selfishness, or thinking of one’s own desires first, is not always inherently wrong or sinful. Granted, selfishness is often a motivation for sin, but I think that while it is virtuous to be selfless, it is not necessarily always sinful to be selfish.
I believe that selfishness is a sin against charity. It does not sound like you are describing selfishness, though. It sounds more like frustration. Selfishness would be when you are putting your own needs above others’, but I don’t see that in your post.
And, BTW, I always hide the cookies!