Selfishness: Dissecting the Current Misguided Definition


The dictionary definition of the word “selfish” is completely incorrect. Let’s just dive right on in, shall we?

1. Not sure if this should be an adjective or not. On one hand it is an adjective, as it describes a trait of the human race. On the other hand, it is a noun because it identifies every living thing, or perhaps it is a verb since it describes every action we take? I need an English major! Let’s move on for now. 🙃

2. Nope. Nope. Nope. “Selfish” does not describe a person who is lacking consideration or only concerned with their own pleasure. Selfish is actually a characteristic of any living thing. We eat because we are hungry. We sleep when we are tired. We do things to keep ourselves alive and that make us happy because we are selfish. Even if someone goes hungry in order to feed their child, they are being selfish since their child eating makes them feel good.

3. No shit, Sherlock. Everything we do is selfish.

4. Again, nope. Nope. Nope. Saying these are synonyms is like saying that these traits are shared with every living being… slow down there slugger. It also makes selfishness seem like a negative concept. Selfishness is a naturally occurring trait in every living creature. If you are going to suggest it is bad, that is like saying everything is inherently bad -that’s really intense and not true… maybe go put on some emo music and black eyeliner and meet the fellas down at hot topic.

5. Seriously, this is ridiculous. There is no possible way to be selfless or unselfish. If someone does something for “unselfish” reasons they receive gratification and it is actually a selfish act… I am legitimately shocked we made it this far being THIS misguided, wow-za.


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