"How many wasted thought cycles do we have each day, each month, each year, in a lifetime? How does fear rule our actions, control our thoughts, overrule our instincts, and dictate our emotions? Are we conditioned how to act and react? Are we bred to slave over data in the workplace? Have our minds been turned in to computers? Have our bodies been bred to consume? Are we drugged from childhood? Are we awake and if we were, how would we know?"
And here is a nice TED talk from Tenzin Bob Thurman (Uma Thurman's Dad!), who became a Tibetan monk at age 24, about a topic I would refer to as 'enlightened self-interest':