The book White Dolphin is all about a young girl named Kara. She ,unfortunately, goes through a terrible time starting with the disappearance of her mother and believing she is dead, too dealing with contamination in the local coral. When Kara is walking one day with a guy she was not fond of, Felix, they came across a white dolphin that was trapped in netting and was struggling to survive. Kara and Felix came together to save the baby white dolphin, reunite him with his mother, and stop the destruction of the reefs. Branching off of that, there is a song that represents each character. The first song is “Fight Song” which goes along with the character Kara, and then there is “Give Your Heart a Break” which represents Kara’s dad, lastly “I Knew You Were Trouble” which represents Jake.
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.
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.
Selfishness is the concern for oneself or to act to one’s own advantage (“Selfish”). Humans are naturally selfish and they tend to want the best for themselves. In Khaled Hossieni’s novel The Kite Runner, Amir is the son of a wealthy businessman that lives in Kabul, Afghanistan who only thinks about himself. Amir shows this through his actions towards Hassan. Amir struggles to call Hassan his friend due to the social standards in Afghanistan. Amir’s selfish actions are exemplified; this is proven through the pressure from society, the jealousy and insecurity felt due to his lack of a loving father and the actions that ultimately lead to his unfaithfulness to Hassan.
In the novel Fish In A Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt, Hunt argues that bravery is an attribute that is vital to ones success in overcoming a problem. When Albert decides to stand up to the bullies that were tormenting him and his friends it illustrates that bravery is needed to overcome a predicament. Adding on, when a group of older boys starts intimidating him and his friends, instead of trembling in fear Albert decides to stand up to those oppressors. Albert says, “I am tired of you beating me all the time,” “ You have no right to treat me like that. And you don't even fight one-on-one. You gang up on people like coward's.” Albert throws him down on the ground. Tosses him like he does not weigh anything. The two other boys charged, but Albert
The novel, “The Catcher in the Rye” involves an older teenager named Holden who surrounds himself with his pessimistic emotions, gradually affecting him in tense situations. Often, he refuses to comprehend situations which ends miserably for him. A major role for his reckless actions are caused by his fearful feelings that he has not suppressed, “Contaminated he is, of course, by vulgarity, lust, lies, temptations, recklessness, and cynicism” (Peterson 1). Throughout the novel, his unfavorable emotions were represented as well as the negative outcome of his situations. In that moment of time, his thoughts affect his actions as a result of becoming further depressed than he already happens to be. If he was able to analyze the situation and think logically, he would avoid multiple situations without feeling pessimistic about his choices.
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.
This book explores lots of different emotions, all tying into each other. Each emotions feeds off others, and different people experience different feelings. Emotion is a major part of the book because, while it doesn’t often go that deep into it, it is the driving force for lots of the plot
A second example is if a student in college wants to be a doctor in the future, he is only going to medical school to become rich, not to help people, which is selfish. Ultimately, a person’s actions are intentionally selfish.
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 the story, “House of the Red Fish” Tomi’s situations and what he has to go through everyday teaches many about Tomi’s loyalty to others, during the whole entire book. In the book he goes through tough times but still shows care and helps others without thinking about himself first. There is a substantial amount of evidence to support my reasonings from the book which will be used to explain why Tomi is so loyal.
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.