What the hell is David Brooks talking about?
Whatever you do, dear readers, don’t try to organize your life around altruism. There lies danger! You will slowly begin to lose yourself–your malleable brain will gradually transform until you have become someone new and unexpected! You may even upset the entire “natural order of affections” because you’ll begin valuing the starving child in Zambia more than your own baby or friends. And, most important of all, you will begin to view yourself, not as a person, but as a wealth-redistributing cyborg!