8 Dec 2016

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What does "the point is not to" mean?

Here is paragraph:
"Dominance requires that you treat yourself as important, and thus you have to value yourself, which altruism does not permit. However, the point is not to believe that you are of more worth than you really are, but neither is it to think that you are of less worth. Egotism is an exaggerated sense of self-importance, and altruism is an understated sense of self-importance. Both attitudes are extremes on each side of the same spectrum"
What does "the point is not to" mean in this paragraph? Does it mean "the purpose of treating yourself as important is not to...", right? Thank you!
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