The Plague of Selfishness

I’ve been putting a lot of thought into the state of the world lately. There seems to be a kind of tension building between everyone. This tension is only increased by the media. Everyone is so distant one from another and so unwilling to help out.

There are many factors that I can see which influence this tension, but the one I want to focus on right now is selfishness.

We all want our way. We want things to go exactly how we’d like them to without any sort of resistance. If we hear that someone else has a different opinion on how things should be, we tense up and sometimes we get into an argument. We get legitimately offended if someone disagrees with us, as though it’s an affront to all that is right with the world.

Guys. You’re not always gonna get your way. Sometimes decisions will be made politically that you disagree with. People will do or say something that goes against what you believe. And you know what? That’s okay. It’s okay to lose. It’s okay to not get your way. It’s not okay, however, to take it personally and throw a fit whenever you don’t get your way.

There are many controversies being disputed in our world today. What’s sad is that no progress is really being made to address the issues. Would you like to know why that is?

Do you want to know why we can’t reach common ground?

It all boils down to selfishness. Think about *that* issue. You know, the one that you feel really strongly about. The one that you would fight tooth and nail to make sure that it goes your way. Do you really care what anyone else thinks or feels about the issue? If you’re like most of us, you really don’t. You get angry when people argue their point of view, and you argue with them to try to change their opinion.

Now how in the heck are we supposed to come to an agreement about stuff like this if we don’t care what anyone else has to say?

If we honestly cared about other people’s feelings, you know what would happen? We would sit down with them, discuss why they feel the way they do, and then work out a compromise that works for everyone involved. Issues would be resolved, and the human race would be better off.

But no, we just want to have our way. We just want things to go according to our wishes, no matter what. Screw everyone else, right?

We are just spinning our wheels at this point, going nowhere. If this keeps up, the tension we can all feel in the world will only get worse and worse until our society is completely divided. I, for one, am sick of it. Why can’t we just grow up and start caring about others?

Here’s the funny thing about people… Generally, when you care about and fight for someone, they return the favor. I know, it’s weird, but respect earns respect. Kindness breeds kindness. Understanding produces understanding. It’s really a very simple concept.

So, do you want to change the world? Would you like to improve the way we all live? Start by listening and finish by caring. Fight for others, and you’ll make friends along the way. Then you won’t have to defend your own stance, because you’ll have people who will defend your stance for you.

Seriously, just think about someone other than yourself. That’s pretty uncommon in our culture, but it’s necessary if we want things to change.

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