Why are we all so selfish all of a sudden?

Perhaps I should clarify that while the title implies that a sudden onset of selfishness amongst the general population is the case, I don’t think it is. An increase in selfish behaviour and tendencies hasn’t exactly been an ‘all of a sudden’ occurrence. This escalation in the prominence of selfishness across the board is, I think, undeniably correlated to the arrival of COVID-19 and the pandemic that followed, but I figured my title shouldn’t be so wordy, hence my use of the term ‘all of a sudden.’

My family and I have had a lot of conversations pertaining to this topic as of late, and for good reason. We all are finding that people are becoming worse and worse in terms of being self-righteous and self-centred as time goes by, and it is becoming concerning if I am being entirely transparent.

I firmly believe that the messages we were inundated with throughout the height of the pandemic are a direct contributor to the rise in selfishness. We were constantly told to protect ourselves, to do whatever was necessary to shield our health. In the process, these messages have become so embedded in our brains that we are, quite possibly subconsciously, acting like absolute dick bags, and it’s becoming a problem.

I have never, in my entire life, been witness to so much selfishness and entitlement, and it only seems to be progressing. Common courtesy seems to be a thing of the past, as do empathy and sympathy. It very much seems as though, nowadays, everyone is out only for themselves, and not only is it scary, but the consequences that will come from this are astounding.

Wake up, people. If we aren’t held accountable for our ridiculous and downright rude behaviour, things will only worsen, and I don’t really want to find out just how bad this is going to get.


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