“It human nature stated that “selfishness is around

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         “It is truth
universally acknowledged that humans are selfish and self – centered. Selfishness
is not a characteristic only a bad person has, but is part of our human nature.
Despite most human being’s perspectives, “selfishness is the driving force
behind everything we do.”(Richard) We need to be selfish at times and think of
our own needs first in order to survive. But still, we consider being called
selfish or self-centered insulting.

       I did a survey
of what people perceived as selfishness, and over 75% considered it a negative  personal quality to have. According to the
Oxford dictionary being selfish is considered being concerned with one’s own
interest or pleasure. So some, if not all, if not in our actions, then in our
thoughts, put our own interest first. A very informative website on human
nature stated that “selfishness is around us all the time and if selfishness
did not exist there would be no motivation for humans to do anything.” (Richard) Doing
simple things such as feeding our hunger is considered selfish however if
we don’t feed our selves we can’t tend  to the needs of others. Therefore, thinking
about selfishness, and considering it with deep thought, that means selfishness
can be looked at as positive in some cases.


       People enjoy
the  benefit of  when they achieve their own goals. Therefore,
the motivation to help others without helping themselves is almost
non- existent. To illustrate, many hard working athletes
strive to receive attention, next level training, and exposure
to outside organizations. In order to achieve their own goals, they
actively try to receive recognition for their hard work and to impress
their coach. In the process of achieving his goals, a person may help
others if it doesn’t hurt him and he can receive some
benefits in the future. Personally, most can say that we
live in a society where every situation has to be a win –win situation.
However, people place high priority to reaching their own goals. As a
result, people’s actions are determined by personal goals that they set, not
ones that others set. 

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         Some people
think that people’s actions are motivated by self-interest. Others believe
that some actions can be selfless.One reason is that each person has
responsibility to maintain his own well-being. If people do not take care
of themselves first, they may suffer negative consequences, such as diseases,
and abuse. For example, the German philosopher, David Throug, stated that “people
must be selfish because they need to protect their own life.” (unknown article
author) If they truly work for others without being reimbursed,
people would be hurt and used for others’ benefits. In order to prevent
self-harm, and being taken advantage of, a type of selfishness is


     In conclusion, selfishness
is a part of nature. It is part of every human being. Regardless of
what all humans may believe, selfishness is a part of everyone and is the
motivation behind everything that we do. Some believe in order to survive
humans must be selfish and think of their own needs above others. Humans always
act out of self-interest and only behave unselfishly because
they are compelled to do so by what has been said and passed around
by others. Socrates asserts that “to do wrong is in itself a
desirable thing, yet to suffer wrong is undesirable.” (Stone,Kem)





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