Is nobility a confused stance? I’m not persuaded that nobility is a complete stance, because it has a useful opposite. Instead of saying we should develop our abilities in order to help others, Stoicism has the stance that developing our abilities is intrinsically meaningful, but we can only reach our full potential if we are altruistic. I often find the Stoic stance preferable for generating motivation when I’m working to develop skills in a way that doesn’t help others in the short term, though I prefer to use what you call nobility to regulate my time. Am I missing something?