A selfish ego drives all of us — with different intensity — thus we all need to change ourselves to build a different world
Opinion on the Internet about Humanity’s egotistic trait:
“If we consider there are multiple personalities making the human race, and that all those personality have very different needs and priorities, we can’t hardly say that any trait define the whole human race.
Its like saying everyone is scared of heights or that everyone likes ice cream; we all know people who don’t.
Greed or the desire of novelty isn’t universal, just like not everyone is great talker or thinker.”
While you are right in general of course, this is a bit different. Here we are talking about the principle character of being Human, similarly to the unique ability to express ourselves through speech, compared to other animals.
The unite self-awareness, the self-serving instinct to fulfill ourselves at all cost, even at the expense of others, at the expense of Nature’s system is the basic software driving all Humans.
We are not bound by Nature’s “mutual guarantee” which automatically forces all other parts of Nature to suspend selfish calculations for the sake of the whole system, where the calculations for the sake of the whole collective, for the well-being of all supersedes any individualistic, selfish calculations.
This control is completely missing in Humans. This is not a sin nor is it evil, evolution created us like this for a reason, to facilitate reaching our unique evolutionary role.
But again as you suggested each Human is different.
There are those who are extremely selfish, that are ready to sacrifice themselves and others to get what they want while others are much less “hungry”. This renders Humanity along a pyramid shape with the most egotistic ones at the top and the least egotistic ones at the bottom.
And through history those few at the top of the pyramid have been exploiting the many at the bottom in different shape or form.
Nevertheless if we want to solve Humanity’s problems, if we want to build a better, fairer, more sustainable society, we all need to know about the “basic software” that drives all of us and how we can control, harness it.
If we continue pointing fingers towards others, identify only certain people, groups as egotistic, needing to change, we won’t achieve anything.