I personally did not know that you are a hedonistic utilitarian Edahn. You are starting to give lawyers everywhere a good name. Tisk, tisk, did you check with Satan about your comments before you posted them.
In all seriousness now, I personally agree with you about the notion of giving being more gratifying than taking, but it honestly depends on how you are wired (as other people have mentioned here). In the US of A, we are wired with a mentality of individualism and personal independence. This is a major contrast to how society is wired in the East, and probably almost everywhere else in the world. Do you remember the whole Army add campaigns trying to appeal to the general public by promoting the idea of individualism by toting the campaign slogan “an Army of one.” In the United States, we have been progressing this way for quite some time. People may state that things are changing by referencing the election of Obama, but the truth of the matter is we as a nation were placed between a rock and a soft spot in this last election. It was not so much the will of the people as it was an outcry to the wanton destruction of our society. All I am trying to say here, is that I agree with you to an extent, but it all comes down to how you were brought up and the society that influences you.