Are we all Selfish?

We live in an individualistic society where if we want the leg up we have to step on the person below us. We all do it by competing for good grades, job positions, and social status. But in doing this have we become so selfish we only do what we think is best for ourselves? We concentrate so much on improving our own situation that we don’t seem to notice the situation of others around us.

This selfish concept has been bothering me for a while. I believe that if someone needs help, you help them, even if they do not ask for it. A situation happened the other day where my mom and I were driving and bent a rim after hitting a pothole. We were on the side of the road for about a half hour waiting for someone to come help us change the tire. During this time at least 20 cars passed us, not one stopped to ask if we were okay or if we needed help. Even though we already had someone coming to our aid, none of the drivers who passed knew this. I found it very sad that not a single person stopped.

I wonder just how selfish we all have become. We are now a fend for yourself society. I notice this at school when no one holds the doors open for each other anymore, and at my job where the words “please” and “thank you” have become extremely rare. I use please and thank you every chance I get at my job hoping it will catch on with my fellow workers but it does not seem to be working. I am known by the costumers as “the very nice redhead” all because I say please and thank you. I am doing something that everyone else should be doing, I should not be singled out as the nice one because I use manners. But I am.

Why is this? Have we all really become that selfish? Don’t get me wrong, I have my moments of selfishness just as much as the rest of us. There are times when I am concentrating more on what I need for myself and not caring about other people. But is this what our society has taught us? That its okay to earn as much as we can for our own selfish needs and not give back or help? I do not have an answer to this question and I am sure it is much bigger than any of us realize, but I am sick of the selfishness.

Lets try to less selfish and pay it forward more.


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