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An Affair To Remember Essay

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“Mr Z, a selfish man, as you propose him, wouldn't give to charity -”
 
“Why wouldn't he?” Z replied. “You are so politically naïve that that miniscule brain of yours fails to understand a basic philosophical concept that I have placed before you. Your brain has been washed by society so much that you seem to believe that the personal form of selfishism that I live by that I use as my doctrine, my dogma, my Weltanschauung, is an evil doctrine that must be shunned, deplored, depleted, deleted, trod on, threw about like a little rag-doll until it can’t respond to the hordes of criticism that it will, undoubtedly, face. The problem lies with the rape of the English Language, the gentle bastardization, the gentle buggering of words, until they mean something that they should not. The word selfish has come to mean people who don’t care about others at all, the greedy people who go out of their way to harm other people’s chances of success, the people who don’t care who they trod on on their way to the top, how many careers they ruin or how many people suffer for their success to be felt. That is one form of selfishness – but it does not mean that all selfish people are evil and would do such things. It would be selfish to put one’s own interests first, to put one’s families and friends first above other people. Selfishness is not limited to one’s own Self. It is my belief that everybody is selfish, to a certain extent, but they have been forced by society to give it another name or to feel quietly guilty about it, but that no one person can be completely altruistic. An example to talk about is the example of the two women in the shop, with one teddy bear left. Both women’s children want the bear for Christmas. The Selfish woman would try her best to get the toy before the other woman – without doing anything illegal – she would try to get to that teddy before the other woman. If she gets there before the other woman, she will buy it. She will not give it up. Moreover, her child will be happy at Christmas. However, the other woman is an Altruistic woman – let us reverse the situation. She, the Altruistic woman gets there first, and sees another woman, Selfish or not, wanting the same teddy. A truly altruistic woman would, in this situation, hand over the teddy to the other woman – because that is altruistic, it is selfless; it is, in this situation, the utmost self-sacrificing method that could be carried out. Moreover, her child will have a miserable Christmas – because the child’s mother was weak-willed and altruistic. The point is that – not many people – if anybody at all – would do the altruistic thing. They would do the selfish thing – and whilst it may not directly concern the Self itself – it is Selfishism at its very core...

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