On the unity of holiness and self-interest

From Arrian (Epictetus), Discourses, 1.27: “…unless piety and self-interest be conjoined, piety cannot be maintained in any man.” Self-interest must converge with the loftiest conception of the human found in the conception of the human as united with the divine. So, piety. Real self-interest is different from selfishness, greed. It is not mere want. It …