Being Egoist

1. Philosophically, Egoist is not a bad word. It’s a human biased behavior towards the self, particular community, or group. Even animals have this biased behavior wherein they give preference to their basic needs like hunger first.

2. It is an idea popular from the time of Aristotelian Nicomachean Ethics wherein he promotes that it’s good to be selfish and to think about self. Aristotle has said that to think about self is the noblest deed. And we couldn’t argue on this because self-love trend is gaining popularity day by day.

3. To get to the meaning, we need to understand the difference between ego, egotism, and egoism. Ego is a person’s sense of self-esteem, self-importance, and self-respect. Egotism is a sense of absolutely being absorbed in one-self and giving excessively importance to oneself. Egoism is to Act in one’s own self-interest or desires. To make this more clear, Ego will not compromise with other people, its self-respect would be lowered. Egotism will talk mostly concerning the subject matter “I”, and Egoism would not do charity because he feels he would be left penniless during critical time.

4. Why Humans are Egotist? For humanity, it’s difficult to be altruistic i.e., a person having concern for others without caring for self. Altruism is occasionally observed at a time of duty, obligations, culture, pride, and belongingness. Even a Doctor treats patients because of his nature of Profession. Also, Love & care of parents towards their children is because of sense of belongingness.

5. Humans act in relation to consequences, and mostly they feel it should be in their favor. A person gaining nothing by an altruistic Act would rarely commit to it. A person suffering by a good deed would most likely to avoid it.

6. The concept of individuality, human rights, freedom, liberty, democracy is the result of human’s egoistic nature. Humans interest towards their own gene is reflected through humans popular subjects of concern like Politics, History, Psychology, etc.

7. Normative Egoism proposes that humans should/ought to act in a way that feels right to them, and maximizes their self-interest. Humans build society, community, country because they want to preserve their traditions, cultures, values, interest for longer generations.

8. Ethical Egoism means that it is right to help others because helping others reflects back. Once you help others, people will help you back. Ethical egoism is a part of Normative egoism. A neighbor lends you his car, because in future you might help him in need.

9. Rational Egoism is that which helps you to achieve overall growth and happiness in life. It is concern with your interest, needs, and effectiveness. In case, you are hiring someone, you will check your company demands and needs rather looking into that person needs.

10. Psychological/Descriptive Egoism believes that we are always attracted or motivated by those which concerns us. A person will prefer joining Yoga class rather donating money in charity, it is because the Yoga class could help to stay fit, healthy, and achieve higher goals. A charity may not help that person for long run, but a yoga class will do.

To conclude, Egoist is a healthy term in Philosophy. So next time, your friend blames you with such words, you don’t need to feel low. This particular word is an important part of human life. Human beings are mostly driven by needs rather choice. Thus, the need to be egoist is okay and could go well with day-to-day situations.

Release Burden of Responsibility

How often you feel like running away from all the responsibilities? You may say a multiple of times. Are there any solutions? No, we do have to obey our responsibilities.  We must follow our routines wisely and avoid missing any responsibilities. A responsibility defines our individuality. If we aren’t responsible, it’s like threatening our very own individuality.

Responsibility as a duty

Responsibility is an obligation to perform a task. The performances of tasks may be specified under some time frames.  Students are responsible for the preparation of their exams, professionals are responsible to achieve the target of business, defence officers are responsible for the security of Nation, and we are responsible for our health. See, responsibilities are there at every corner. Therefore, there is no scope to run away from responsibilities. We have to perform it as our duty.

Responsibility as a choice

It’s clear that responsibilities are to be performed as a duty. Everyone is dependent on one another in terms of responsibilities. You finish being responsible for others, and the other person would do the same. So, this whole world depends on one other. And if one person isn’t committed to responsibilities well, then it may harm another person. So, responsibility is a part of one’s life and we should complete those parts well. When we are routinely following responsibilities then it might be possible that it becomes a burden for us. We may feel bored by following same kinds of responsibility.

Here, I will tell you the best method to avoid calling responsibility as a burden.

When responsibility becomes a burden, then our life could be in trouble. We may not feel like doing some tasks, but we keep on doing because it’s our responsibilities. Responsibility should not become a barrier to our interests. Once we understand that responsibilities are not meant to scare us, but should give us pleasurable feeling. Then, we start liking whatever we do. We should choose our responsibilities well. Because when we have our favourite responsibilities with us, one of our own choice, then it is likely to happen that we will be out of the burden of responsibilities. To learn personal responsibility and understand how it could release burden, you could follow this article. Is Responsibility Scary?

Responsibility & Creativity

Dietrich Bonhoffer (1906 ~ 1945) wrote, “Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.”

Just try to be creative in the choices you make. Choose your lifestyles, education, career, partner so well that you may not feel obliged to perform the responsibilities. You must feel happy & delighted in performing your tasks. This may occur when you are a creative soul and kindle the light of your happiness in a manner of doing things differently. “Being creative is doing thing differently.”

Responsibility & freedom

So, you know responsibilities are important. But, if you haven’t understand till now then imagine your life free from any responsibility. Yes, you must be thinking about how wonderful life would be with no responsibilities.

But, I will show you the real world with no responsibilities. It would be a terror like situations all around as people would do whatever seems right. There would be no securities and it would be a great danger to our lives. You would need to stay alert 24/7. The food sectors would not be serious about producing food, and you may struggle to find your own food. There would not be any weather forecasting, and you may turn into a victim any-time. No doubt, there would be so much of pressures from all corners. You may be terrorized all the time. With no responsibilities, you may feel alright sometimes. But, “NO RESPONSIBILITY” could actually make your life havoc.

Try to understand the value of responsibilities, and choose your nicely. And so, you may not feel burden under the pressure of managing your “so many” responsibilities of life.

Conclusively, responsibility could either make you or break you, you are supposed to choose the best of responsibilities to live your life in a happy and positive way.

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