egoism: the habit of valuing everything only in reference to one’s personal interest; selfishness
- Most humans seem to fit the theory of egoism (see above). Is this wrong? Why or why not?
- Give several examples of what we’ve studied this year of how egoism has brought good into the world and…
I do not think it is wrong that many humans fit the theory stated above because humans are naturally born that way. Some just are not as selfish as others, and some are naturally more ego, and puts the world to revolve around them. Some may think that they are doing everything for the “best” of their citizens and themselves, but most of the time, that is not the case and they end up hurting many innocent lives. A few examples that help relate to this would have to be the kings and dictators. The kings set up monarchies and they ended up controlling every aspect of the peoples lives and trying not to get the government to step in and solve it. Like how when King Louis spent a lot of the money on clothes and such, showing selfishness, and while this was happening, millions were starving. And another example would have to be Stalin, because he set up polices and ended up killing so many people in the end, and also how he used propaganda, showing egoism, because in the end, he only wanted the good outcome for himself, not for the citizens, because he didn’t care whether or not they died because of him.
In the quotes above, I think Rosa Park means that if you set yourself as a good model right now, maybe even one person can change from your actions, or just be influenced by them. Just like how our parents are our #1 model for most of us, if just one of us goes out there and lives our lives, knowing that millions of young kids were watching us, they too would follow our footsteps. It ties up egoism and altruism because its either one of the other, you either choose to be selfish or unselfish. I think she thinks that its important for each person to live their life as a model for others because as I stated before, you could be an influence to the younger generations, to the ones who have no idea what drugs are, or cursing, or any other bad thing out there, just one person could change the outcome of it. And lastly, I agree with Rosa Parks because I have a younger brother who always watches me and my other brother and our actions really determine what he does when my mom calls him to clean his room, or even when she says to do his homework. So, if we end up doing the right things, the ones that watch us as a model also do the right things, but if we do the wrong things, they follow us and do the wrong things too.