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Originally posted by ShadowXIX
Animals are just as selfish if not more. Animals dont help out the sick and old they eat them. Animals have wars just like humans they invade land steal resources from each other fight all the time.
Originally posted by quango
when was the last time any other animal ran into a burning building to save another animal?
Originally posted by lost
yes, animals are selfish too
but we are still very selfish. i will be flamed for this, but i think even people who run into burning buildings are selfish too. of course they are being selfless at the same time, but i think much of it has to do with saving themselves from future greif due to a lost loved one, or even just guilt from knowing they could have saved a stranger but didnt. obviously these are not concious well thought out decisions, but spur of the moment frantic ones. 9 out of 10 action we do, deep down we have a personal investment. granted, i still commend those who run into burning buildings, but i just think it very rare to witness a completely selfless act.
go on and flame.
[edit on 10-9-2004 by lost]
Originally posted by marg6043
We help each other because society has conditioned us to do so.
In ancient times it was survival, the sick and elderly was left to die alone, and this included sick new borns.
Read the ancient tribes and ancient man and you will see that we used to do in ancient times what was the best for the survival of the tribes.