Essay Selfishness : An Inescapable Plague

1616 Words Nov 1st, 2015 7 Pages
Selfishness: An Inescapable Plague

As humans, we are inconsiderate, egoistic, greedy animals who proceed down the most revolting and corrupt path in order to achieve our desired goals. Gone are our ethical values when our hunger for success and power is unleashed. Unconcerned with the wellbeing of others, our lethal daggers plunge into our vulnerable prey. Why is it that even with many witnesses, no one dares to take a step forward to save the victim? Many may feed you the generic response of “it is a problematic question with an equally challenging answer”. That would be an ambiguous answer to mask the shameful truth. With sordid rawness, we, the human race, are selfishly disgusting. We are unable to face our own selfishness, so instead, we choose to suffocate and hide the reality of its existence. When reading literature, we are exposed to this demoralising flaw within ourselves. In literature, characters mirror our society’s struggle with selfishness. However, the question is to what extent does reading literature shock us out of our own selfishness? How are we, the readers, reminded of our selfishness, and how effectively do we respond? Through the text, the characters evolve by battling an internal or external conflict, and selfishness remains to be a factor in the problem. We read about their egoistic choices, and, consequently, we are forced to reflect on our own similar selfish decisions. Instead of running away from our problem, we are taught to face it head…

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