I found it so gripping I wanted to share it here.
As philosophers go, his speech doesn't give answers, but it does spark a lot of ideas and reflections to eventually come up with our own.
I liked that he doesn't automatically subscribe to the notion that loosening your sense of Self, or detaching yourself from your Ego is the ultimate goal and the ideal way to go if you want to become more compassionate.
I've encountered that idea a lot in very intelligent, caring and spiritual people, but I'm still not sure I agree with it. Maybe it's part of being a Leo, or maybe it means I'm way too attached to my Ego and nowhere near spiritual enlightenment, but I believe more in refining and educating your Self as a means to understand and recognise other people's individual perspectives on the world.
I have the impression that my sense of Self and my personal pride don't so much hinder me as rather help me to take other's Selves into account in my own decisions and in the way I live my life. I might of course be deluding myself.
Either way, here's Julian Baggini's speech. It's about 20 minutes long. Enjoy!
Julian Baggini is the author of several books and articles and together with psychotherapist Antonia Macaro he writes a column for Financial Times Magazine, called 'The Shrink and The Sage'.