If we choose to configure our souls so that pleasure attends our higher functions but is not itself their object, we still must make the choice of whether to direct ourselves to moral virtue or some excellence of mind. Will not the latter appear “selfish” especially with respect to that moral virtue that takes as its object the good of others? Is it selfish to devote yourself to an art, science or the development of some particular talent. Perhaps it is not a question of either/or but both/and with an eye on the balance of the whole within the individual or within society. When I wish for the good of others I have in mind their soul's fulfillment. How could I wish for others a happiness that I would deny to myself!