Home » Blogs » Quick-Fix: Mental Health Cartoons » What if it’s Okay to be Selfish?

What if it’s Okay to be Selfish?

Last week’s cartoon is about trust, survival, and kindness from strangers.

All rights reserved, and content including cartoons is ©Donna Barstow 2014.  My main cartoon site is Donna Barstow Cartoons. And  you can Like me  on Facebook to get notified of new cartoons as I post them. I have just under 800 Likes on that page, and I just want to give warm thanks to everyone who invited me into their Facebook lives. Thank you!

that rude mirrorToday’s cartoon comes from my reaction to the (mostly, in my opinion) liberal media, which implicitly, if not directly, calls anyone a selfish nit who considers herself before the rest of society.

The media seems to believe that individuals, and personal needs, should be sacrificed for the good of others, regardless of any merit others  may or may not have.  Stanford offers some deep thoughts on the ethics of it all.

I’m not that deep, which is why I do cartoons, instead. But remember,  the airlines tell us to put our own oxygen masks on first, before we can help others. And learned scholars have this to say:

  • Know thyself — Socrates
  • The kingdom of God is within you — Jesus, Bible
  • Look into the depths of your own soul and learn first to know yourself… Sigmund Freud
  • Id, Ego, Superego — Freud, again

Ignore the mirror. You’re number one for a reason.

Next up: A cartoon for singles. Looking for love in all the wrong places?

What if it’s Okay to be Selfish?

Donna Barstow

Cartoonist for LA Times, Parade, WSJ, Glamour, PsychCentral, Barron's, Weight Watchers, and textbooks & Chicken Soup books. Author and editor of 2 cartoon books and a Barnes & Noble calendar.

I both write and draw all my cartoons. You are warmly invited to share the link to this cartoon. The full-size cartoons are all copyrighted, so please email me at pen.drawing AT g mail (squish it) for rates for use in textbooks, prints, presentations, publications, or websites. Email me AT pen.drawing @ gmail. com. (Squish the address.)

No comments yet... View Comments / Leave a Comment



APA Reference
, . (2015). What if it’s Okay to be Selfish?. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 20, 2020, from


Last updated: 3 Mar 2015
Statement of review: Psych Central does not review the content that appears in our blog network ( prior to publication. All opinions expressed herein are exclusively those of the author alone, and do not reflect the views of the editorial staff or management of Psych Central. Published on All rights reserved.