Sunday, October 20, 2013

Abraham Lincoln believed selfishness prompts all good deeds. Explain why you agree or disagree?

          Abraham Lincoln may indeed be correct as far as thinking that selfishness prompts good deeds but I do and do not exactly agree with him. Individuals do indeed perform acts or good deeds in return for self-satisfaction, in order to gain acceptance from others, to please others, or to deal with his or her feelings of guilt. Altruism is selfishness in reverse, and the act of selfishness involves the placement of concern with one's own interest or on oneself above the interest or well-being of other individuals. When an individual performs a good deed, the result from such a good deed benefits more than one individual. Therefore, the good deed becomes justified and any concern about selfishness is nullified. On the other hand individuals do indeed perform good deeds and voluntarily help other individuals not out of the act of selfishness but because of the concern and compassion for other individuals without any regard for him or herself. Therefore, I believe that some good deeds occur outside the realm of selfishness and maybe on rare occasion, therefore never discount selfishness. However, in modern day history it has been seen that individuals did and still do perform good deeds out of altruism.

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