Selfishness only 'me'?
let's call it a vulnerability, a circling of wagons, a defense against demands
so is 'thinking of others' a selfless act?
let's propose that it's a guise for claiming what one wants.
What is the general will, and who validates its clamor
certainly no better than the quiet reading of a book
or the writing of one; and where does music fit if not
concertizing with and against crowd sounds, the crude laugh spray.
Hopkins wrote some great religious verse, some wistful lines:
Leaves, like the things of man, you
With your fresh thoughts care for, can you?
He died tending an epidemic. He developed to that point.