Addiction Awareness Scholarship Campaign 2020 Round 2 - Selfishness and How We Can Progress From It

Name: Vibha Kannan
From: Phoenix, AZ
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Selfishness and How We Can Progress From It

Selfishness and How We Can Progress From It

By Vibha Kannan

I believe that, as a nation, we are dealing with an addiction crisis of being too selfish. We have become too obsessed with ourselves and our lives that we tend to disregard the less fortunate people. Rather than showing compassion, we as a society have become selfish and secluded from one another. The consequences of this addiction lead to a society that is overall not compassionate. Compassion is important because the spreading of it can easily impact any person or situation. For example, if someone is angry or tense and they are shown compassion, they tend to calm down and they are able to think in a more level-headed way. If compassion was used like this all the time, there would be no wars or international arguments in the world and everyone would be at peace with each other. Not only can compassion help people calm down but it can make them happier as well. Even a simple “hello” or a smile to someone having a bad day can instantly make them feel better, even if there are no relations between the two people.

In today’s society, being compassionate and kind is a very important ideal. Thousands of people are in terrible financial situations and are unable to get the basic necessities to live. Showing compassion here, with donating food or clothes, is the best way to relieve their stress and give them some happiness. Not only are financial situations a problem, but many people are in physical pain because of the virus and almost a million people have died. Although it seems difficult to spread compassion without physical contact, it can surely be done. People who are not in the hospital can show compassion by donating to hospitals or writing encouraging cards to patients. Although this may seem like a small deed and not impactful, a small note saying “feel better soon!” can easily make a person’s day.

We can remove this selfishness from our society by doing small deeds of compassion, like holding the door open for someone, or helping someone pick up their papers. These simple tasks will lessen this selfish addiction and will make us better as a society. It is important to remember that compassion usually comes easily, but in a society like ours, it is hard for people to feel compassion and be kind. This is because we are obsessed with ourselves and how people will judge us. To rid us of this addiction, we need to learn to observe the pain other people are in, we need to feel thankful for what we have, and we need to show compassion towards them. This change starts individually. Compassion is like a wave, once one person shows compassion, the acts of compassion will spread and multiply, the next bigger than the one before. In conclusion, selfishness is an addiction that we as a society have brought upon ourselves and it is about time we change and become more compassionate people.

 


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