Survival is imperative. Sacrificing yourself for a stranger dodges the question of why he didn’t sacrifice himself for you. If someone were to be struggling on the edge of a cliff and the only thing that could keep them from dying was risking your own life, only trying to protect theirs? If someone were to be in a disaster and had nothing to fiend for, would you be willing to risk everything you had for some stranger that you just met five minutes ago? Survival is selfish, due to the amount of people surviving than the odds of just one person surviving.
Survival is dependent of people doing what is best for the situation. Even though Survival cannot be selfish, it is. Most people tend to think out of instinct, but for those who survive while others parish without effort given would be the scenarios where survival is selfish. Many people argue that survival is selfish because it can make one seem cowardly and weak in the face of danger during a horrific disaster. In the likes 5-10 of Is Survival Selfish, is states ” after the disaster, Ismay was savaged by the media and the general public for saving himself.” On the one hand, we’re told to put our own oxygen masks on first, and not to jump in the water with a drowning victim.
But then the people who ignore those edicts and survive to tell the tale are lauded as heroes. And people who do the “smart” thing are sometimes criticized quite heavily after the fact. Explaining how it was selfish for him to save himself before everyone else was out of the way, off of the boat, and clear of danger.
It is often argued that survival is selfish, here are some reasons why. First, it states in lines 59-61 of Is Survival Selfish it says, “perhaps views claim, that some people don’t have the options to choose someone else over them.” it’s a complex question, because there is so many factors involved, and every survival situation is different. Self-preservation is supposedly an instinct, so one would think in life or death situations we are all focused on whatever was necessary to survive.
We may have an instinct for survival but it doesnt always kick in like it like it should. Its impossible to predict who’s going to hold it together or fall apart. Survivors are often thought to be driven by instinct and not civilization, perhaps it comes down to the ancient “fight or flight” impulse. Animals confronted with danger will choose to attack it, or run from it, and it’s hard to say which one they’ll choose, or when.
Or maybe humans are such social herd animals, dependent on the herd for survival, that we feel a pull toward others even as we feel a contrary pull toward our own preservation, and the two impulses battle it out within us, leading to the mixed messages we send each other on which impulse to follow. Survival is imperative. Sacrificing yourself for a stranger dodges the question of why he didn’t sacrifice himself for you. If someone were to be struggling on the edge of a cliff and the only thing that could keep them from dying was risking your own life, only trying to protect theirs? According to the statistics, it is believed that one would chose themselves over another.