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Selflessness In Kindred By Octavia Butler

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What does being selfless mean to you? According to Oxford English Dictionary, selflessness is “concern more with the needs and wishes of others than with one's own.” (James Murray, “selflessness”). In our society today, not many people are likely to be selfless especially if it means putting a stranger’s well-being above their own. Many people will not even put a close friend or family member’s needs above their own. Sometimes people find the will to help someone who is in need, but that does not happen very often. Most of the time, if a person goes out of their way to help someone in need, they will expect to gain something out of it such as fame or money. Very rarely do people do things for others that involve harming their lives because then they do not gain anything from their acts. In the novel Kindred, by Octavia Butler, Dana shows her selflessness through always putting people and their needs first. She first does it with her ancestors and then even begins helping other slaves who need her help. Selflessness is an important key to everyone's personality. In our society, we often expect rewards for doing a good deed, however being selfless without getting rewarded is what really counts. When Dana saved Rufus the first time, Margret punched and beat her instead of thanking her. Dana must have been confused since she did not get thanked or rewarded by Tom and Margaret, but rather was beat and almost shot. Being selfless can also motivate more people and even yourselves.
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