TED Conversations

This conversation is closed.

Are humans inherently selfish? If so, should we try to resist this nature?

I have some reasoning for one answer, but I'm wondering what you guys all think about this subject and your reasoning.

As always, feel free to ask for clarification!

Share:

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

  • thumb
    Feb 23 2014: Selfishness is a component of self preservation. It is natural to want to keep what one has earned or created for one's own posterity and security. Hence the value of gift giving and the guilt of theft. Selfishness can not by definition be bad or evil, as so many other things would lose their value in it's absence. I say let's keep it around for a while.

    But to reflect on it's cousin, Greed, as I so often do. Whether it is natural or not to covet those things we have neither earned nor created ourselves, is not the question, but rather how to abolish it completely from the human condition.
    • thumb
      Mar 18 2014: Selfishness isn't natural and a cause for self destruction. See for explanation my response to Ryan Corpus.

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.