All human beings, from birth to death, have an evil part of them used to survive hidden deep inside their mind. This is evident in babies who can seem innocent but really have a selfish attitude towards others since their only goal in life is to have their needs met. Evidence of this being true can be found in William Golding’s The Lord of The Flies and the film adaptation of The Hunger Games. Mankind is inherently evil but civilization changes us, we always go back to our evil side, and without a good government or set of rules we all become savages.
Humanity is fragile and can shatter under the pressure of isolation and lack of basic infrastructure. Everyone needs a certain amount of security in their environment; it is generally thought that no matter what your surroundings, you are who you are. Although in reality without that security you derive from your settings people have a hard time retaining their normal, stable mindset. The humane, logical side of everyone can be manipulated by the influence of their environment, the order and structure, or lack thereof, which surrounds them and the absence of an authoritative presence in their day to day lives.
Selfishness is a disease of the soul that every person experiences several times throughout their life. To say one has never been experienced it would be hypocrisy. To say that it is a good thing,” would be erroneous. Although as humans we like to lie to ourselves, it is no question that selfishness can make any person a fool. It consumes us and changes us into someone we are not. Whether it leads to getting people killed, losing love, or abolishing families, selfishness always leads to destruction.
“The real evil with which we have to contend is not the physical evil of the Famine, but the moral evil of the selfish, perverse and turbulent character of the people” - Charles Trevelyan. People in the world are here to make a purpose. It can always be for the betterment of earth, or even to cause havoc/destruction. But what if everyone was given the chance free-will? Sure, people make changes by their own will, but their will is based of what they can do with the perseverance of the good (meaning that it can be stopped by the good people, or supported by the good).. Free will means that there are no obstructions, and that anyone can do anything, whether it's evil or good. Because of this, by nature I believe that people OVERALL are naturally bad, unless there is something that can completely stop everyone from doing a dirty deed. Yes, some people are actually good and know that certain deeds are wrong to commit, but since others do not think this demolishing the image of humans. The are two powerful examples that proved this: the trilogy The Purge, and Adam and Eve.
One innate characteristic of the Nature of Man is selfishness. For example, in the book “Night” by Eliezer Wiesel, one event that occurred that relates to the theme is when Eliezer witnesses a young man murder his own father. In this particular scenario from the book, the man murders his own father over a loaf of bread, which he obviously benefits from. This shows that humans are selfish and will even be disloyal to their own family if they see that they will benefit in a way. Another example of selfishness is from the movie “The Schindler’s List” when the great Oskar Schindler, who saved an estimated of 1200 Jews, takes advantage of the relocation of Jews into ghettos which leads him to inhabit their home and property. However, although I recognize that Oskar Schindler is an honorable person for his courageous acts during WW II, that doesn't overlook the fact
In a way being selfish is what got humans where they are today.The evolution of humans required competition,and aggressive selfishness. We were forced to be selfish and watch our own back, to always put ourselves first in bad situations. This reaction to put ourselves first is natural, it’s in our blood. However, is the very thing that made us so successful as a species the one thing that so easily tears us apart? As humans we have an incredible capacity to dehumanize others to protect our own self interest.
So much is wrong in this world ruled by humanity. Genocide, racism, bullying, slavery, rape. The list could go on forever but no matter how overflowing the list gets, it`s alright because humanity makes mistakes everyday. In no way am I saying that killing for pleasure is alright. And whether you believe in God or not, I feel he creates us to make mistakes, but to also learn from these mistakes. People know what greed and hatred is. Everyone has felt one or the other at least once in their lives. No one can fully say that they are pure in the heart because they're not. The feeling of want is inside us all, and sometimes it can be good. Wanting to be a doctor and setting goals for yourself is good. Wanting to get revenge is bad. They are both feelings of want but different outcomes, depending on the person. I believe that it is the raw emotions we create
Is human nature inherently selfless or selfish? Although a seemingly simple concept, the aforementioned question has long been a profoundly controversial topic. While many claim that humans are intrinsically compassionate and inclined to help those in need, others argue that people instinctively prioritize their own individual security over other people’s welfares. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s literary works, “Young Goodman Brown” and The Scarlett Letter, as well as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s renowned novel, The Great Gatsby, all reference the idea that people impulsively pursue perfection, as determined by their community’s values. While different communities establish different standards for perfection, society as whole romanticizes the idea of
Stephen Kendrick once said, “Almost every sinful action ever committed can be traced back to a selfish motive. It is the trait we hate in other people but justify in ourselves.” The nature of human selfishness comes in various forms, distinctly different in the eyes of an individual but with similar mindsets. To put differently, there are many definitions defining selfishness, but under the surface, everyone has similar, selfless intentions.
Selfish people place their own wants, needs, and happiness before anything or anyone else. Furthermore, they do not feel obligated to help others with what they need. Because selfish people do not value others, they
People are born into this world crying and wanting only for themselves. As children, humans retain the same selfishness. Without regard for the others around them, they throw tantrums and fight until they obtain the object of their desire. This behaviour was essential for survival when humans were at their most primitive state, left to fend for themselves against the hostile world and each other. But as humans have united together, communities have been created where selfishness is not needed; due to the generosity and kindness that is valued by the community's members. Although humans have put value of kindness and generosity well above selfishness, it has not combatted the “default-setting”, mentioned in This is Water by David Foster Wallace.
Acting with an unselfish and benevolent regard towards others isn’t always the easiest thing for one to do and most people have to put in a conscious effort to do it but some people believe that human beings are hard wired to behave altruistically as a primal method of survival. Humans could never
I didn’t truly understand it at the time, but as I grow older and mature I am beginning to understand more and more. Also, in that same conversation, my father told me about some of the people he works with and works for, and how they give back but often only in the spotlight. They will donate money when the attention is on them, or they will do charity events when the media is involved. Looking back at it, this is a very selfish idea. When do we hit that point in our life where we are so selfish that we can not help others; is it a conscious decision or are we just not aware of our actions? I have seen this same of idea of selfishness in my own experiences. I went to a very wealthy private school, with many students coming very wealthy families. Often these families would donate money to the school, but in return they expected a plaque or they expected something to be named after them, some kind of recognition. Some people will say this is not selfish because they are giving back; however, others will say this is a selfish action because they are only giving looking for a return.
Selfishness means acting in one's rational self-interest. Contrary to popular opinion, all healthy individuals are selfish. Choosing to pursue the career of your choice is selfish. Choosing to have children—or not to have children—is selfish. Insisting on freedom and individual rights, rather than living under a dictatorship, is selfish. Indeed, even ordinary behaviors such as breathing, eating and avoiding an oncoming car when crossing the street are selfish acts. Without selfishness, none o f us would survive the day—much less a lifetime.