Can altruism ever be completely devoid of ego?
Those who give are like the sun - we turn to them for nourishment, encouragement, inspiration.
But unlike the Sun, which - as far is we know - is getting nothing out of being so life-giving to this planet for millennia, those who give are human, and thus can never be untouched by ego.
But ego, when tempered by perspective-keeping and humility, can coalesce into a kind of selfless,
Pure motivation. So the exercise of determining what you'd like your legacy to be,
Even down to the specific things people would say about you,
Can be a goal-focusing exercise. And so here's mine:
"He was a good man."
"He was kind to others, truly listened when you spoke to him, and was always willing to help."
"He looked after his body really well."
"We was a great father."
"He left behind beautiful and meaningful art that is evergreen in its symbolism and meaning."