• I am a fifteen year old girl in high school. I live in a nice house, have a good family, and I have great friends. I am many things, but above all I am selfish. I take what I want, when I want it. And so is everything else on this planet. Humans, animals, plants, everything on this Earth is selfish. Now, please keep in mind, I'm not trying to change anything about you, it's impossible to be truly selfless, I'm just trying to make a point.
    An army general is leading his troops into war. The field is bloody and his men are terrified of what's to come. He stands tall though, strong and brave in the face of adversity. He lets out a fierce war cry and charges into battle. Now, some people may be thinking, 'Wow, he seems so strong!' or 'That man is an idiot to want to die.' Yes, I will admit that he is strong, perhaps stupid even, but to be willing to sacrifice yourself for a greater cause is noble. However, I will argue that he is a selfish man that acts strong. Some may think I'm lying, that he is selfless. But, when you think about it carefully, dissect the facts, look in from the outside and dig very deep, you might just learn that anything and everything someone does is only ever for that person's own self.
    Human's are creatures that are deeply tied to their emotions. They fear being hurt in the slightest of ways, and try to do everything they can to not be hurt, this targets especially emotional hurt or distress. Humans are weak, soft, even scared. We're scared of being hurt, and we're weak because we let ourselves be hurt. And we as living beings fight tooth and nail to keep ourselves happy and we do this by protecting our friends, family, and home. This may seem valiant, but we are still trying to protect ourself, our emotions. We feel emotional pain and to some it hurts worse than the physical pain we feel.
    By allowing our emotions to get the better of us, we form strong bonds with people and things. So, by doing this, we allow ourselves to become weak by allowing ourselves to be held down. However, when someone witnesses a friend, lover, or family member get hurt, they are hurt emotionally and immediately act to help to help that person. Now, that right there is an act of selfishness. We allow our emotions to get the better of us and since we feel that emotional pain, we try to fight it, to help ourselves by helping others. Now, that man I mentioned before might have had someone waiting for him at home. So, in order to save himself emotional hurt, he fought to protect those who were dear to him. He was only doing the fighting for himself, to save himself the emotional heartbreak and hurt. But, if he died, then his loved ones would have suffered, but he wouldn't have cared anyway because he's dead. When you're dead you're dead, you don't have to worry about anything in that state. But, the point is, humans are easily tied down by emotions, and are subject to being rash and selfish. The people who give out donations however, only really do it to make themselves feel better.They'll think, 'Wow, I just helped to a child in Africa' or 'Hey, I just gave to charity aren't I great?' These people only do this to make themselves feel better, and that is the main cause of selfishness. People only really do things to make themselves feel better. Such as, a person adopting an ugly dog that reeks and wets your floor daily. That person can immediately say, 'I just saved this poor abandoned dog from the animal shelter and no one wanted it. That makes me a good person, doesn't it?' By the second sentence, you can tell this person only really wants praise for his or her, 'self-righteous act.' That person might even forget about the dog in a week! And that would not only contradict that person's own previous actions, but also shed light as to how that person really is. So, a person's actions can truly dictate how selfish he or she is.
    So, with all of this evidence, I believe I may have made my point clear. That all humans, no matter what, are always going to be selfish. We are tied deeply to our emotions, and we become slaves and weak because of this. However, despite my previous statements about how we are the worst beings on the planet, I still do have the tiniest ray of hope for our species. I hope that one day people can understand what I'm trying to say. But I don't believe it will happen in my lifetime. So, I hope you understand the point I'm trying to make for you all, that everything on this planet, no matter what the circumstances, will always be selfish.