The beneficial side of ego is that it “constitutes the essential identity of a human being” (Rand Introduction) but the detrimental side, according to visionlaunch.com, is that it can “completely eliminate objectivity”. If people didn’t care for themselves, then they wouldn’t know how to care for others and vice
How do I Make Moral choices, in a World of Moral Ambiguity? A desire for meaning would also include obtaining some kind of “identity,” or individualism. Yet, society or someone will try to force their “ideal” moral system onto everyone else. “Thinking may be “good for nothing” in the world, but in the mind it is good for guidance—not legislation, but guidance” (Bruehl 193). If you base your moral standards off everyone else’s, even when in truth you think in a different way, then in the eyes of an existentialist, you have been degraded and reduced to an object.
David Foster Wallace argues that reality can be mundane. However, if people focus on what others are going through, then they can learn to empathize and understand humanity better. A behavior is a snap shot of how that person is acting in that moment. There are lots of moments where behaviors may not accurately describe someone. If people are constantly operating unconsciously and only ever taking what they see face value then they are not relating or understanding others; even more what they are thinking about other’s is stereotypical and possibly hurtful.
To a large extent it is better to live spontaneously. Mencius and Daoist have different interpretations on spontaneity. Mencius emphasizes on expanding humans’ innate good nature, which leads to spontaneous moral cultivation. On the other hand, Daoist spontaneity is emptying ourselves and follow the nature of the outside world without human interference. In this essay, I will first describe the concept of spontaneity in both Mencian and Daoist views, and then I will argue that it is better to live spontaneously, in terms of psychological wellbeing and quality of decision in life.
As human beings, we oftentimes put our wants above our rationality and act impulsively to get the results we want, even if it means the suspension of our moralities. In some cases, every now and then, we act on instincts and desires despite our actions going against our morals but to what extent do individuals subconsciously rely on the concept of suspension of disbelief in order to justify their immoral actions? It is the core of human nature to crave accomplishments and the feel-good state of being. Therefore, on many occasions, individuals suspend their disbelief of righteous moralities to subsequently pursue their desired yet manipulated ending. People who do drugs are fine examples
that values differ with cultures.” Due to the effect of changing moral values, one cannot deny the value that another believes to be true. As stated before, the culture that allows people to commit child scarification believes it to be a morally good thing since it serves as a form of faith to God. Although the practice may sound morally wrong for another culture, denying one’s culture only perceives that the other culture is morally right. Also if one does not abide by their value, then one will feel as if they feel they are committing a wrong act. Values are changing, not only through cultures, but also in time.
That being said, someone can have selfish moments while still being a good person and caring for others. There doesn't have to be polar opposites when it comes to selfishness versus selflessness. There's so much emphasis on putting others before oneself that people often forget to look out for their own needs, as shown in this book. Ayn Rand successfully captures the negatives of an overrated ideology and presents an unorthodox perspective on the matter. In conclusion, Equality's true motives behind his work are much more selfish than they first appear to be.
Few people are okay with the fact that they are mediocre. Everyone strives to be better. So in saying that society wants you to be mediocre, Baldwin is implying that he does not want you to be mediocre; he wants you to be what you want to be, aligning your views with his, providing a common enemy to root
They place their need and wants before the lives of others. Some call it survival, but it seems more like selfishness. One of the main themes of The Crucible is selfishness. Many of the characters in the crucible display selfishness throughout The Crucible. For example, Thomas Putnam.
Through each character, we see both their good and bad qualities. Some are willing to risk their lives for others, while many other people are selfish and ignorant, only caring about what is good for them. It is the simple things like these that make a difference in the end. You have a choice to defy the odds or stay content with the rest. This is shown