I think that the article is simply brilliant, save one important point -- that the selfish motivation never leaves, but rather that others become the greater self. In other words, you do not feel pain because the poor fellow is in anguish, you actually feel his pain! The crucial matter here is that it points to the fundamental drive of evolution to be unification itself. This point really goes back to the input of physicists decades back of the fundamental importance, at root level, of quantum mechanics to the whole matter -- particularly entanglement, and its particular unification extremes such as in boson condensates. Such suggestions had been put off by biologists with the answer that the miraculous stability in life can be attribute to the work of enzymes -- really a circular argument but in any case, it is known since 2006 I believe, that enzymes themselves depend upon quantum mechanical tunneling principles to make whatever magic they have work. But really from this building block of negentropy (Boltzmann's terminology, I believe) leading up the atomic, molecular, and macro-molecular trail -- to an ever-growing information in the total biomass. And from here, the direction is pointed to an ultimately unification which may well justify the intuition of the religious soul, and hint to a very special place that Israel could play in modeling such altruism/unification for Humanity on the national level. Could this be the inkling of he perception of being "A Light Unto the Nations." Could But in any case, returning to my original point, individual altruism manifests not when I sympathize in a selfish way as a different individual, but rather perceive others as me at a higher level. In other words, the true lower level altruism begins upon reaching the ego of the higher being. One could imagine in some ultimate of this matter, of taking from the self in order to bestow to the self -- where selfishness has totally evolved into pure altruism.
U.S., allies stage 20 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq (Reuters)