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Ethics Chapter 3 Egoism chapter scan - Egoism I n this c h...

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Unformatted text preview: Egoism I n this c h a pt er, we wil l give th o u g h t to t h e i ssues ra i se d b y th e fo ll ow in g di a l og u e. B eca u se th e i ss u es co n cer n ego i sm a nd it s o pp os ite , a l trui s m , o ur sp eak e r s are Edn a Egois t and A l a n Altrui st . Edna: I think th a t peo ple are b as i ca ll y s e lf is h . Everyo n e p r im ar il y l oo k s o ut fo r numb er o n e . A l an: T h a t 's n o t so . A t l ea st so m e p eo ple so m e- t imes act u n selfish l y. Our pare nt s ma d e sacri fi ces f or us . R e m em b er t h e s t o r y in t h e n ews n ot lo n g ago a b ou t Wes l ey A ut rey , a New Yo r k C i ty co n s tru c ti o n worker w h o b eca m e k n ow n as th e " s ub way h e r o" ? W hil e A utr ey was wa itin g o n a s ub w a y pl a tf o rm w ith hi s t w o youn g d a u g hters , a yo un g man ne x t t o the m s uff e red a s ei z u re and fell o nt o t he track s. A s a n in co min g t r a in a ppr oac hed , Aut rey jumped o nt o th e t racks a nd h e ld th e yo ung m a n d ow n w hil e th e t ra in p asse d i n c h es a b ove th e m. T h at was a n y thin g but se l fish . A nd t h ere are some p eop l e w h o d e d icate t h eir life to serv i ce p ro j ec t s su c h as h e l p in g th e p oor or th ose in n ee d of m e di ca l c are . Edna : But i s n ' t i t p os sibl e th at the man w h o save d th e o ther o n th e s ub w a y tr ac ks did it w ith- o ut thin ki ng? And d o n ' t thos e d e di ca ted t o h e lp- ing o the r s receive s a tisf a ct i on fr o m w ha t they are d o in g? A l an: I d o n ' t think th a t the y h e lp o th e r s b e cause th ey receive sa ti sfac ti o n , th o u g h . A nd wo uldn ' t it be di sappoi n ti n g i f th a t wer e true ? A nd w ouldn ' t it be an awf u l wor l d if everyone ju st l ooke d o u t for themselves? For o n e thin g , t he re wo uld b e n o 32 co op era ti o n . C o n fl i c t s an d wars wo u ld b e every- w her e . Ed n a: I d o n ' t ag r ee . E ve n i f p eo pl e a r e b as i ca ll y se lfish , we d o l i v e t oget h er and we wo uld n ee d s ome rul e s . Otherw i s e , individuals w ould h ave n o w a y to plan a nd get wh a t the y want . A l a n : If yo u wer e co mpl e t e l y se lf- ce nt ere d , th e n yo u wo uld n o t b e li ke l y t o h ave m a n y fr i e nd s. E dna : I wo uld wa nt th e sat i sfac ti o n of h av in g f ri e nd s . I wo uld h e lp th e m w h e n t h ey were in n ee d , because I wo u l d wan t h e lp i n re tu r n w h en I nee d e d it . I sn ' t th a t w h a t fr i e nd s are for ? A l a n : I d o n ' t think so. T h a t 's n o t t r u e fr i e nd s hip . A ls o, I think w hat John Ke nn e d y s aid i s r i g ht . "As k no t wh a t yo ur co unt r y ca n d o fo r yo u bu t wh a t y ou can do f o r yo ur c ount ry . " W e do w a nt t oo much fr o m o th ers, i n c ludin g th e gove rnment , w ith o ut g i v in g of o u rse l v es. A nd th a t i s n o t r i g ht ....
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