The idea that a human can act outside personal Interest is a delusion
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One of the human race's most powerful trait is its ability to coexist and to make sacrifices of personal interest to aid in that of others. Let's look at this trait from an evolutionary standpoint. Let's take an arbitrary sample group of neolithic man, for example. Within this group are many types of man with different genetic traits. More notable are those who act completely out of personal interest with no regard to others. These selfish specimen are functionally less beneficial to their species than the less selfish specimen. Thus, it is seen as more beneficial to the species, as a whole, to gravitate more toward those who have more utility: those who are willing to make sacrifices for the interest of others. Those in the species who is not willing to sacrifice their own chances of survival in order to ensure that of their functionally worthless children are less likely to leave progeny; that trait is simply either pushed into the minority or completely wiped out.
This process is often termed natural selection and is the reason modern people favor traits such as kindness and compassion over its counterparts when looking for partners.
On the same tangent, I can easily contrive an anecdotal case which alone shows that a human being can act outside personal interest: mothers. Not all are equipped to have or take care of children, but many are willing to risk or sacrifice their lives, livelihood or personal/economic liberty to both have and sustain the child. Single moms with no family working minimum wage to barely enable the survival of herself and her child.
Isn't this exact case I've described acting outside personal interest?
A girl I know once said that she would commit suicide if she has an abortion. She is unable to supply for the child economically, but she would rather let her years wither away for the sake of the child. She'd rather die than not have the child. She regards her own personal interests as lesser than the life and livelihood of her child.
Those who aid in the survival of their species get to have their traits passed down, which often includes the trait of kindness and compassion. These are traits which are key in the ability of members within a species to act outside of personal interest for that of others; it is the ability to act for the good of the species.
For the purposes of this debate, all I had to do was show that a single human being can act outside of personal interest. Any act of altruism would have done, and the mother example is only one of many.
angryduck forfeited this round.
Anywho, vote con.
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Vote Placed by frozen_eclipse 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: humans naturally serve self but the purpose of our lives on earth is to train ourselves to serve others....con won because of the hole he poked.
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