The words egoism and egotism are frequently treated as interchangeable, but there are distinctions which are worth noting. Egotism, the more commonly used term, means “the fact of being excessively conceited or absorbed in oneself’.
Strictly speaking, egoism is a term used in Ethics to mean’ a theory that treats self-interest as the foundation of moral behaviour’, although this sense is not dominant today; around 90% of the citations for egois means- excessive conceit.
People act for many reasons;
But for whom, or what, do or should they act-for themselves, for God, or for the good of the planet? Can an individual ever act only according to her own interests without regard for others’ interests. Conversely, can an individual ever truly act for others in complete disregard for her own interests? The answers will depend on an account of free will. Some philosophers argue that an individual has no choice in these matters, claiming that a person’s acts are determined by prior events which make illusory any belief in choice. Nevertheless, if an element of choice is permitted against the great causal impetus from nature, or God, it follows that a person possesses some control over her next action, therefore, and, hat, one may inquire as to whether the individual does, or, should choose a –self-interest and pursue others’ interest instead: to what extent are other-regarding acts morally praiseworthy compared to self-regarding acts?
Why egoism happens?
1.To look out for and seek their own best interest.
2.To do with what people OUGHT to do not what they actually do.
Egoism – IMPORTANCE
Comon sense and folk psychology assumes that people tent to act in their own interests. Today’s culture reflects an interest in self-improvement, self-esteem, and self-gratification. The “X-Generation” has also been called the “Me-Generation,” as rampant consumerism focuses young people on immediate gratification and reflects no example of community responsibility or consideration for others.
Our culture provides examples of both self- and other-centered paradigms. There are countless examples of people who act in the interests of others, sacrificing their own comfort and safety, to help fellow human beings, living creatures, or the physical environment. The acts of kindness, generosity, self-sacrifice and advocacy cover the spectrum of needs. Fire-fighters risked their lives, indeed some died!!!
Egoism Good In Our Nature Of Life?
To very briefly answer this question, nerves were originally developed for the coordination of movement in animals, but, once developed, their ability to store impressions- which is what we refer to as ‘memory’ – gave rise to the potential to develop understanding of cause and effect. If you can remember past events, you can compare them with current events and identify regularly occurring experiences. This knowledge or, or insight into, what has commonly occurred in the past enables you to predict what is likely to happen in the future and to adjust your behaviour accordingly.
Once insights into the nature of change are put into effect, the self-modified behaviour starts to provide feedback, refining the insights further. Predictions are compared with outcomes and so on…
Much developed, and such refinement occurred in the human brain, nerves can sufficiently associate information to reason how experience are related, learn to understand and become conscious of, or aware of, or intelligent about, the relationship between events that occur through time. Thus consciousness, which again is our conscious thinking self or ego, means being sufficiently aware of how experiences are related to attempt to manage change from a basis of understanding.
Unable-until now- to truthfully explain our competitive, selfish and aggressive egocentric of Human Condition we justified it with all manner of false excuses, but, most wonderfully, biology is finally able to provide clarifying, psychosis-addressing-and-solving, truthful, real explanation of the human condition to be redeeming, relieving and thus healing explanation that brings about the complete Transformation of the human race, ending our angry, ego-embattled, alienated condition forever and egocentric!!!
So, even though the issues of the human condition has been the real, underlying issue we needed to solve if we were to exonerate and thus rehabilitate human behaviour, we have been so fearful of the subject of the human condition that instead of confronting it and trying to solve it we have been pre-occupied denying and escaping it. The truth is that while much attention has been given to the need to love each other and the environment if we are to ‘save the world’, the real need if we were to actually succeed in doing so was to find the means to love the dark side of ourselves to find the reconciling understanding of our ‘good-and-’evil’-afflicted human condition that was causing so much suffering and destruction!
The only forms of defiance available to the intellect/ego were to attack the instincts’ unjust criticism, and attempt to prove the instincts’ unjust criticism wrong. In short- and to return to our human situation because we were the species that acquired the fully conscious mind-the psychologically upset angry, alienated and egocentric human-condition-afflicted state appeared. Our ego became ego-centric-it became ‘centred’ or preoccupied or focused on the need to justify itself. We became self-centred or selfish, preoccupied with aggressively competing for opportunities to prove we are good and not bad-we unavoidably became selfish, aggressive and competitive.
We Must Know,
BEST OF ALL, because this explanation of the human condition is redeeming and thus rehabilitating, all our upset angry, egocentric and alienated behaviour now subsides, bringing about the complete TRANSFORMATION OF THE HUMAN RACE- and importantly, understanding of the human condition doesn’t condone ‘bad’ behaviour, it heals and by so doing ends it. From being competitive, selfish and aggressive, humans return to being cooperative, selfless and loving. Our round of departure has ended.
“The poet T.S. Eliot wonderfully articulated our species’ journey from an original innocent, yet ignorant, state, to a psychologically upset ‘fallen’ corrupted state, and back to an uncorrupted, but this time enlightened, state when he wrote, ‘We Shall Not Cease From Exploration And The End Of All Our Exploring Will Be To Arrive Where We Started And Know The Place For The First Time’ (citation: Little Gidding, 1942).
Finding the exonerating, redeeming understanding of troubled, psychologically upset, dark, human-condition-afflicted existence finally enables the human race to be healed and thus TRANSFORMED!!!
‘I have no doubt this biological explanation of the human condition is the holy grail of insight we have sought for the psychological rehabilitation of the human race’.