Selfishness means the desire to seek for food and raiment and happiness for oneself and
one's family, without any consideration as to whether one's countrymen fare ill or well.
The idea of looking on others as oneself never springs in them. This selfishness itself is ignorance. (Apos. p.268)
Ignorance is the root of all evil. Ignorance means absence of the knowledge of the Self.
Ignorance or Maya may also mean false knowledge. That is why Maya and ignorance
mean the same thing. (Apos. p.270)