Selfishness: Human and Selfish

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The selfish nature of humans

Selfishness. A personality trait that only bad people have. Incorrect. Selfishness is part of the nature of every living human being. Despite what all humans may believe selfishness is a part of all of us and is the driving force behind everything we do. In order to survive humans must be selfish and think of their own needs above other peoples. We must be selfish to our surrounding environment by using the resources essential to humans that our environment bears. Strangely enough it is often considered an insult to be called selfish.

All the people I questioned perceived selfishness as being a bad personal quality to hold when they were first asked what they thought of selfishness. Though when the topic was given consideration some interesting discoveries were made. According to the Oxford dictionary being selfish is being ‘concerned with one's own interests or pleasure.' Do we not all, if only in our thoughts, put our own interests first? A very informative web site 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. Doing simple things like feeding ourselves is being selfish because we do not feed ourselves to fulfil the needs of another. When selfishness is given deep thought it can be considered to be a positive thing in some cases.

Absolutely everything humans do is selfish. Selfish acts are constantly being carried out by humans towards one another. The extent of these selfish actions vary widely because it includes every action that humans make. They range from the extremely selfish of taking another's life in order to gain something for yourself to the mildly selfish of doing voluntary work for a charity in order to "help society," but ultimately to give yourself the satisfaction of knowing you have done a good deed. Extremely selfish people are often marked in history for negative reasons. A famous example of...
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