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Me Before You

Irah Kaye R. Osumo | Lost In The World | Layout Artist

ACCORDING TO WILLIAM E. GLADSTONE, “SELFISHNESS IS THE GREATEST CURSE OF THE HUMAN RACE.” FOR ME, IT IS TRUE. PEOPLE NOW SEEM TO CONSCIOUSLY AND UNCONSCIOUSLY PUT THEMSELVES FIRST OVER OTHER PEOPLE.

When I was on my way to school, an accident occurred on the road near the airport. It was an accident involving a motorcycle and a car. The car made a sudden turn to the right side of the road when a motorcycle behind bumped into it. There was no blood, but what’s unpleasant about the scenario was that the car driver checked his car first for scratches and damages, rather than checking if the driver of the motorcycle was okay.

Is this kind of behavior normal? For the car owner, it might be normal, but for the crowd witnessing such action, it was insulting. Criticisms on the car driver filled the air, consequently.

Putting yourself first can make other people perceive you as a selfish and an arrogant person. We perceive people like the car driver as someone who is self-absorbed and who only cares for his own life and his luxuries, in that case, his car. What we don’t realize is that if we are in the situation itself, we’ll also be guilty of acting like him. We’ll be prioritizing ourselves more than the people that are involved. Humans as we are, we cannot help it but to think of ourselves first. It is a fact and we cannot deny it.

In this world full of selfish people, would you choose to think of yourself first or to help others?

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