Topic: Education

Last updated: April 24, 2019

PART A: Option C: “It’s hard to say it, but this just means less people competing with me for scarce opportunities and resources” – Is the most likely egoist option. An egoist it is someone who is self-centered and self-motivated. For me option C hits the nailon the head, this option thinks only of themselves and what they will have to lose or gain out of the situation. They are not thinking twice about the other person’s well-being. This makes me think of the Russian-American Philosopher Ayn Rands’book, ‘The Virtue of Selfishness’; “If any civilization is to survive, it is the morality of altruism that men have to reject.”) Which captures the essence of psychological egoism, which claims that people act in their own self-interest even though they dress up their intentions with false pretenses of helping others (Sounds a bit like Utilitarianism), and spits in the face of altruism – the pure essence of selflessness. Psychological egoism is true and has strong arguments. I believe we do ‘selfless’ things and sugar-coat it to personally benefit from the outcome. Whenever a supposed act of kindness is done, people, practically YouTube stars tend to record this act of kindness so that they can hit 1 million views for financial benefit. In my opinion, psychological egoism has consumed our lives and we have lost sincerity and compassion. We do have sincerity but, we don’t always think about if the benefits outweigh the setbacks. I have seen a lot of negative ratings and comments on YouTubers profiles because they record these acts, in order to gain fame and money. I don’t agree with this, but in reality this is what most of us would think. We wouldn’t tell anyone though. We would rather like & share a post about it, and tell people we’ve ‘done something about it’ but nothing has ever been solved by liking and sharing a post on facebook. In assignment 2, I believed that Whitey Basson deserved a large amount of money seeing that he had built the company into an empire. He also donated and invested some money into schools, but R620 000 000 sounded excessive to me. I believe that my opinion from assignment 2, 3 and 4 are completely compatible. Even though the scenarios differ from assignment 2 and assignment 3 and 4, my beliefs are constant throughout, regarding how we should treat others. In assignment 2, I believed that Basson should have rewarded himself, but not with the excessive amount of R620 000 000. I was concerned that if he earned so much, why did he not assist others financially so that they could benefit from a decent education and better their lives. The same theme can be seen in my assignment 3 and 4. I am concerned for the children’s well-being, I believe that if


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