self-preservation is the name of the game

self-preservation is the name of the game

People are all naturally inclined to think selfishly of their own well-being first and foremost, even if it is to the detriment of those around them. A: "I can't believe he would throw me under the bus like that just to save his own career!" B: "Self-preservation is the name of the game." I felt bad about walking away from the company like that when it was bleeding money, but self-preservation is the name of the game.
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