The problem is this: We want our actions and thoughts to be guided by the most excellent moral finesse we can possibly comprehend, but is it possible to separate this from our natural need for power, sex, fame, and money?
I think these instincts is at our core, but that we can to some degree tame them, but not destroy them. By education we can come to a higher understanding of ourselves, and what motivates us, and thereby make sure that we actually stick to our moral principles.
But completely destroy our basic needs? No – that is not possible! So in some sense we will have to embrace it or rather, accept it, though to be in control of it simultaneously.
An online dictionary defines selflessness like this:
Selflessness definition, having little or no concern for oneself, especially with regard to fame, position, money, etc.; unselfish
It is possible to cultivate ourselves – in the word’s original meaning – but it is not possible for anybody to be made perfect, still we must try our best. Humility comes first, that is, to recognize that one is flawed.