Changing journal tag. Changing URL. Herpin’ Derps.
For those of you that still read my shit, hi. For those of you following me for those dumb pictures, I apologize for the incoming (maybe) walls of text.
I hate it when this question is used in any sort of relationship setting, regardless of whether it’s between friends or lovers. It’s a really awful thing to ask oneself, but we’re all guilty of it. The best part is, it’s obvious what the answer to the question is when it is asked. If this needs to be asked, then the answer will most likely be no. The worst part is, I’ve been asking myself this question quite frequently recently. All about the same thing. I’m at a crux and a decision needs to be made. The window is closing and I’m finding myself wondering…. is it worth it?
What makes an act “selfless”? Several people and their actions have led the world to believe that they are great people. A few intriguing examples come to mind. Martin Luther King Jr. and Thich Quang Duc. King is known and beloved by many people as a martyr to the civil rights movement. His “I Have A Dream” speech created inspiration and essentially became a battle cry for equality once he was assassinated. Thich Quang Duc was a Buddhist monk whom set himself on fire in order to bring attention to the persecution of Buddhists by the Vietnamese government. These men are both revered as symbols of their respective movements, but would they be in the same positions had they not died? Neither of these men lived to see what they fought for materialize nor did they have any knowledge of whether or not the actions they took during their lives would have any bearing on the future of humanity. So now I ask: Why did they do what they did? Both of them putting themselves at the front of a movement which was known to cause violence and uproar. Did they know that they would end up in history books described as these brave individuals who gave their lives for what they believed in? If not, why take such risks? Perhaps they know something that I do not.
I believe that there is no such thing as a selfless act. Humans are by nature selfish creatures. I believe that there are no selfless acts because selfless acts are by definition, selfish. Selfless acts are acts in which one does something completely devoted to others’ welfare or interests without regards to their own well being. However, there is a benefit to be received from performing a selfless act. Once a selfless act is performed, the person who completes this has given themselves a reward. Completing a task that they have assigned to themselves. Even while performing these acts, one is capable of being selfish. It seems like most selfless acts are performed from desire, invoked either by impulse or logic. This makes me wonder about myself and others. With this logic, it seems quite unfeasible to trust people with each other. Because we’re inherently selfish. There’s always something to gain. That combined with the inability to truly understand another person, humans are so toxic for each other that it’s ridiculous. Any sort of positive relationship is a statistical feat, much less being in love.
Feels bad man.
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