Does Survival Require Selfishness?

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Survival is a basic instinct that drives all living beings to protect themselves from harm.

But does survival require selfishness?

This question has been a topic of debate for decades.

In this blog post, we will explore different perspectives on this issue and analyze the arguments for and against the idea that survival requires selfishness.

Selfishness: A Natural Instinct?

Survival is not selfish because it is a natural instinct that is imperative to one’s life.

Humans are selfish individuals because they want to fulfill their own interests.

However, this does not necessarily mean that survival requires selfishness.

In fact, many people have risked their own lives to save others in times of crisis.

Selfishness in Extreme Situations

In extreme situations, such as natural disasters or war, people may resort to selfish behavior to survive.

For example, in the book “The Last Train from Hiroshima,” a survivor from Hiroshima tells the author that the ones who survived were the ones who looked after their own safety by being selfish, self-centered, guided by instinct, and not by civilization KMIT.in.

Similarly, in the collection textbook “Is Survival Selfish,” two men were climbing a mountain when one of them ended up hanging off a cliff, unable to climb up.

The other man, unable to lift him up and losing his own grip on the mountain, ended up cutting the rope to save himself [Cram.com]

These examples suggest that in some extreme situations, survival may require selfishness.

Selflessness in Survival

On the other hand, many people have risked their own lives to save others in times of crisis.

For instance, the selflessness of the many people on 9/11 is one of the reasons for all of the survivors from this event [IPL.org]

This act of heroism throughout chaotic events has been a topic of controversy for decades.

The controversy is as to whether the ability to think, feel, and act in this world makes humans selfish or selfless [IPL.org]1. In Elie Wiesel’s book “Night,” he talks about his experience marching.

He explains that if someone had fallen even for a second, they would be shot to death.

If you would have helped the man get up, you might have been shot as well.

Putting your life and someone else’s life on the line is not worth risking.

One death is better than two [Cram.com]3. These examples suggest that selflessness can also play a role in survival.

The Gray Area

The question of whether survival requires selfishness is not black and white.

It is a complex issue that depends on the situation and the individual.

In some cases, selfishness may be necessary for survival, while in others, selflessness may be the key to survival.

It is important to note that survival is not always a matter of life and death.

In everyday situations, we can choose to act in a way that benefits both ourselves and others.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the idea that survival requires selfishness is a controversial one.

While it is true that in some extreme situations, selfishness may be necessary for survival, it is also true that selflessness can play a role in survival.

Ultimately, the decision to act selfishly or selflessly depends on the situation and the individual.

It is important to strike a balance between self-preservation and concern for others.

After all, we are all in this together.

Sources:

  • KMIT.in
  • [IPL.org]1
  • [Cram.com]3
  • [EduZaurus.com]4
  • [The Atlantic]5