Selfishness is a concept many of us are familiar with but are reluctant to admit to. The act of being selfish isn’t exactly a good one, therefore it makes sense that we avoid recognizing when we act selfishly. But, as uncomfortable as it can be to acknowledge when we have been or are being selfish, I believe it to be an essential practice considering our society is becoming more selfish with each passing day, in my opinion.
I implore you to ask yourself how many times you have been selfish that you can recall. Perhaps it’s a handful of times, perhaps it’s more. Either way, thinking back to times when we acted selfishly isn’t an enjoyable thing, but it really is important.
I believe there are a lot of us who are acting selfishly more often than not without even realizing it. Selfishness and entitlement sort of go hand-in-hand, and since entitlement seems to be on the rise in society, it is arguable that selfishness is, too. We have become insensitive to both of these unfavourable things because we perceive them to be normal, and I find this to be a troublesome issue.
How often do we place our own needs and wants before those of others, whether intentionally or unintentionally? Granted, there are situations in which selfishness is necessary, but they’re typically quite rare and don’t take precedence over others too often. However, I believe that because entitlement has become so normalized, so has selfishness, creating a toxic attitude for a lot of us to adhere to.
We all have bad days from time to time, and occasionally, we may get a little self-centred, which is to be expected considering we aren’t perfect. But, if these sorts of days seem to outweigh ones in which we think of others before ourselves, perhaps we need to do some reevaluating regarding how we treat others.