3-2-17. Ethical Egotism Means Almost The Exact Opposite

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3-2-17 Ethical egotism means almost the exact opposite of altruism in my opinion. It can be defined as doing only what is best for one self. A portion of the theory that does include some positivity in my opinion is the fact that it still allows people to help others, but with the idea that by helping those other people, that the person is doing so to help themselves in the long run. For example, when someone is looking at the prisoner’s dilemma problem, the idea of ethical egotism could definitely come into play. One prisoner could go in thinking completely about themselves and choose to confess while the other person is lying because they know that if they can confess while getting the other person to lie, they will be set free while…show more content…
The statement, “For as to the strength of body, the weakest has strength enough to kill the strongest, either by secret machination or by confederacy with others that are in the same danger with himself.” To me, this sounds like a David and Goliath story. I believe that this statement is completely accurate. Take bullying practices as an example. A bully who has a lot of brute strength could be constantly picking on some kids who are not very strong and could be considered scrawny. If someone were to bet on the fight a good portion of people would probably choose the bully, who has a lot of brute strength over the three scrawny children. I would possibly disagree with that action. Strength in numbers is definitely a virtue that can overcome pure strength alone. If you have ever seen the first Jurassic Park movie, the ending portrays this perfectly. Three small velociraptors take down one of the largest known dinosaurs the T-rex using team work and a number advantage to outwork the T-rex. The same idea could happen in the bullying situation. The three weaker children could use their number advantage to win against the one bully. Another quote that stuck out to me was, “So that in the nature of man, we find three principal causes of quarrel. First, competition; secondly, diffidence; thirdly, glory.” I believe that what Hobbes is trying to say is that humans are hardwired for competition and that drive to become the best. I also believe that

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