Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Egoism - Our lifes' engine?

My last post was about yu gi oh. But this blog is so random, that i will now totally change the subject. :D

Yesterday i had an interesting conversation with my girlfriend. It was about 'egoism'.
Her opinion is: some people are more egoistic, some are less egoistic.
My opinion is: everyone is 100 % egoistic and selfish. I think that everything someone does, he does only for his own purposes. 
Even things like donating money or helping other people are results of egoism. You would not help those people, if you wouldn't gain anything by it. It's for example your popularity you want to increase. Or helping others gives you a good feeling inside. I believe that you can trace every deed of our lifes back to pure egoism. Of course, all this happens subconsciously in our minds. 
But this mechanism is important. Without that 'engine', evolution would not have worked. Only with that egoism that tries to make yourself or your race superiour, it was possible to create such complex creatures like human beings.

What do you guys think about my theory?

45 comments:

  1. I understand where you are coming from but I have to disagree I often go way out of my way to help people simply because I want this world to better for all of us. That is not to say that I don't have my selfish and egotistical moments but not all the time. Great post very thought provoking.

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  2. I can understand where you are coming from. Nice post.

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  3. @The Writer
    but i think also wanting a better world, is selfish. because the result of this better world will please you..

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  4. this theory is the main theory in capitalism.

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  5. nothing is larger than the human's ego, really

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  6. nice theory and nice blog, bRO

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  7. Didn't Freud have any similair theories?
    I think you are right .. sad but true

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  8. Without ego, we got nothing

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  9. Isn't it our id that seeks to please ourselves (having good feelings) and our super-ego that mediates how it's done(donating or helping people)? Through Freudian terms aiming to please our ego would just be being ourselves.... I think. So pleasing our ego would be fulfilling who we are?

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  10. I agree with you. I think it's just a matter of unhealthy egoism vs. healthy egoism. I know that anything altruistic I do, I ultimately do to feel good, which is a selfish motive. Thanks for posting something that was actually interesting.
    +followed

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  11. Think it's a part of humanity

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  12. some of us got it more some of us less... but this is life can't go without it!

    +following

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  13. altruism should be the engine

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  14. ego is definately what motivates me to get out of bed in the morning

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  15. life without ego would be so much more giving though

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  16. hmmm.... ego ego ego.. can't be helped

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  17. I agree, everyone is selfish and looks out for themselves above all else...its human nature

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  18. I think that people exist more on a sliding scale, many are in a gray area, with radicals at each end, morality wise.

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  19. yes i HIGHLY agree with you
    i am somewhat of a philanthropist within my group of friends and i'm constantly doing something for someone else. they complain about how i never do anything for me. it's also about things that are somewhat insignificant, you know, like paying the tab for lunch. for me it helps to make my ego much much bigger but they see it as a nice gesture when it had nothing to do with their well being.

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  20. Evolution is based on the ability to survive long enough to reproduce - it doesn't have anything to do with the ego.

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  21. There are points I agree and disagree with here. To paraphrase Jesus, those who draw attention to their charitable actions get attention as their reward and nothing else. (odd, then, that I'm blogging about a sort-of charitable thing I'm doing.)

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  22. I had a long talk about egoism with my psychology colleagues. You are the one who's right here I think. It's very rare for someone to donate or help without ANY selfish thoughts behind his/her actions. It's an animal instinct, looking out for number 1.
    But of course, some people don't think like this at all. This discussion can go on forever though.

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  23. everyone is egoism, the differece is that some people can fake it better than others

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  24. Good point of view, i like to read your posts.

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  25. What you say about egoism is interesting but I quite disagree with you.
    nice post though

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  26. I agree, read the post on people in my blog :P +1

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  27. I donate £5 every month to something..i have no idea what now because i signed up for it about 10 years ago..never told anyone about it..i did it because i felt sorry for the woman asking me for it...But i would say that most will donate some money to tell people about it.

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  28. this has me of freuds idea of the id, and the super ego..lol

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  29. I agree with your post, nice thinking

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  30. I agree, someone only does something for you if it benefits them as well.

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  31. I don't agree 100% but I see where you're coming from.

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  32. I'm undecided on whether I agree or not, but I know human ego can't be helped

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  33. that is a random blurb, however i believe taht ultimately everyone does everything thinking of themselves, even if it is only on a subconcious level.

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  34. An interesting conversation! Added.

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  35. I would say this is incorrect. There are people who go out to 3rd World Countries in order to help out and we rearely ever hear about them. Yet they subject themselves to poor conditions everday.

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  36. I understand what you are saying, and I think this is true for the most part, but some people have gotten over this egotistic drive.

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  37. wouldn't it depend on how you define being egoistic? i think there's a distinct connotational difference between being egoistic and selfish. selfish somehow seems a bit meaner...
    +1!

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