posted on Nov, 20 2012 @ 03:02 AM
I've heard this argument before, more than once, and it's never seemed to carry any real weight. Because ultimately the argument has no other legs
on which to stand the justification for every act eventually dribbles down to the ineffectual suggestion of all acts of an altruistic nature must then
be motivated through a subconscious
desire to serve the self. To me it is at best a very weak escape route.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Why save someone for a brief ego massage, a fraction of a second perhaps, when the price for that at least hold the very real potential for death? We
know people have acted in such a way, not only with friends and acquaintances either, and I'm not particularly impressed by the absurd suggestion
that all those who have acted so believe in an afterlife. In consideration of the above, the ultimate sacrifice to save another not only someone
directly genetically related,
(let's quickly toss aside this weak direct relationship argument and while we're here I'm not buying the attempt
at a legitimising extension of that argument in that all mankind can, in a way, be considered family therefore...) or even known to the individual
seems absurdly pointless insofar as acting on the promise of some later reward. Unless mankind's short-sighted stupidity outweighs his selfishness.
Of course it could be that the selfish streak is so
deeply embedded in our subconscious that... yawn
as I mentioned before, at best a
weak escape route. It has to be grabbed at some point though because there's no other way out: It's either that refuge or altruism exists in our
hearts, is part of human nature and the argument doesn't hold water.
Man who died saving child at West Wittering
Man drowns rescuing two children at West Wittering beach
THE man who died saving a five-year-old girl drifting out to sea at West Wittering has been named.
The hero, who was pronounced dead at the busy beach on Saturday lunchtime, was 32-year old Plamen Petkova, of Westmoreland Drive, Sutton, Surrey.
A Bulgarian national, Mr Petkova died after he went to the aid of a young girl from London, along with another woman. He managed to get the girl
safely to the woman - who got her to shore - but he was recovered unconscious from the sea.
Despite efforts by members of the public and emergency services to resuscitate he was pronounced dead at the scene.
A 25-year-old man has died on a beach in West Sussex after going to the aid of two children in the sea.
The children were playing in a rubber ring at West Wittering beach "some five metres from the shoreline" on Saturday.
A police spokesman said the man managed to get the children to safety "but in doing so put himself in danger which sadly resulted in him
The identity of the man has not been released, but police said he was not related to the children.
A spokesman for the South East Coast Ambulance Service said an air ambulance attended the incident just after midday.
"But sadly despite resuscitation attempts by our own crews and the air ambulance crew the man was pronounced dead at the scene," he said.
Solent Coastguard said it was also called to the beach but was not involved in the rescue.
The spokesman added: "A man was pulled from the water on the West Wittering estate after he had tried to help two children.
"Their mother was understandably upset that this man had had this accident when he had tried to help them."