Where did all the selflessness go?

I was having a conversation with my mom and dad the other night while having dinner. We were discussing how, since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of humans have taken it upon themselves to become the most selfish version of themselves possible. I realize this is a generalizing and therefore inaccurate statement because not every person on the planet has undergone this shitty transformation; enough of us, however, have, and it’s pissing me off.

I very much feel as though this pandemic has manipulated a lot of us into adapting selfish, self-centred thoughts, mannerisms and behaviours. It isn’t overly difficult to distinguish why this is – we have been pummeled with media and news broadcasts advising ourselves to prioritize our safety and health above all other things. In doing so, and abiding by this mentality for as long as we have been, it makes sense so many of us have become so inherently selfish, and it is absolutely possible a lot of us are completely unaware of how inconsiderate and heedless we have become towards others.

Selfishness and egocentric people have always plagued society. This is nothing new. But, the commonality of these shitty personality traits has undoubtedly skyrocketed since COVID first came into our lives, and it’s beginning to become a tad redundant.

Focusing on ourselves is not being selfish. Rather, I’d go so far as to say it’s the complete opposite, seeing as self-care is incredibly important. When we live life thinking only of ourselves, however, with zero regard for how our thoughts, words and actions may implicate other people in our lives, we are being selfish. There is a clear distinction between prioritizing ourselves and our lives versus not giving a damn about anyone or anything but ourselves, and I think it’s time a lot of us made sense of this difference.

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