Analysis Of Harry Browne's 'The Unselfishness Trap'

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Is Suicide Selfish? In Harry Browne’s article “The Unselfishness Trap,” he talks about putting other’s joy over your own and whether that is considered egotistical or not. This led me to consider the question: would suicide be considered selfish? I believe that suicide would be selfish because there is so much pain that it would bring to the family, friends, and community. In Harry’s monologue “The Unselfishness Trap,” Browne questions whether putting your own happiness over another’s is selfish. He mentions that many people throughout history and individuals in our society today have always been encouraged to put other’s needs over their own. He states that if they do not, they are normally considered selfish. Browne disagrees that they should be considered selfish and mentions that every person is striving for happiness in their own life and everyone’s pursuit is different. Browne mentions that, “In fact, we can’t avoid a very significant conclusion: Everyone is selfish. Selfishness isn’t really an issue, because everyone selfishly seeks his own happiness” (Browne 154). He then goes on to state that, “The unselfishness concept is a merry-go-round that has no ultimate purpose” (Browne 155). In …show more content…

Their family will always question whether there was something that they could have done to prevent them from killing themselves. This pain can be so tremendous that it never truly goes away. The family may also feel angry and betrayed that their relative did not just ask for help instead of going to such extremes. There are many more dreadful things that the family has to go through after their loved one is gone. They not only have to do things like arrange their funeral, but they also have to take care of all of their belongings and they are reminded of their loss many times throughout every day. The families are not the only people suffering after this kind of loss,

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