Public interest vs. community well-being

Following is a research paper written by some of the people, including the principal researcher, responsible for the survey fueling the Wichita/Sedgwick County Community Investment Plan.

Here are sentences I have a great deal of trouble with:

“Public interest is advanced when individuals become less concerned with their personal well-being and more concerned with the well-being of the community.”

“This research indicates that those who personally believe that they have the capacity to rise above self-interest, and also trust that others are capable of behaving similarly, are more likely to hold more positive images of government, may be more willing to pay increased taxes, and are predisposed to join with government to coproduce improved communities.”

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