Discuss the following quotation based on your experience and/or observation, “We would be ashamed of our finest acts if the world were aware of the motives behind them.”
Discuss the following quotation based on your experience and/or observation, “We would be ashamed of our finest acts if the world were aware of the motives behind them.” – Rochefoucault.
A number of philosophic and Biblical studies speak about the importance (and the possibility) of altruism and moral obligation, but in fact, there are no completely unselfish and honorable actions, because each of them has its own explanation. Let us try to explain it in terms of human psychology.
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According to Freudian psychology, human personality consists of three parts: Id, Ego, and Superego. Id stands for the human subconscious, i.e. for human selfish aspirations, desires, and motivations. Ego represents human abilities, and the most mature aspects of personality, such as an ability to find consensus in relationships. Superego is an inner censor that ‘lives’ in everyone because Superego is that part of the personality that is responsible for the image of human-being which is perceived and reflected by others. Human behavior thus is a peculiar consent among these three components, because people rarely do what they actually don’t want and don’t need to. In addition, human personality is characterized by the presence of the so-called ‘self’ (the way one reflects him/herself), which is described with a greater or smaller percentage of egoism.
Humans are egoistic in nature and even the most virtuous people have some stimuli for their praiseworthy actions – such as self-contention, the growth of self-esteem, and self-confidence. In addition, it is important to mention the social factor of human behavior: individuals usually act in order to get reinforcement from outside, i.e. from others, who usually reward finest acts with the creation of ‘excellent reputation’ for an ‘unselfish and reliable person. From their early childhood people understand that fine arts are beneficial, and individuals, as a rule, act righteously, because they expect a similar act in return.
As one might assume, fine acts are dictated by a desire to capture one’s trust with future advantageous prospects, so it is important to remember that even the most unselfish actions contain well-hid profit-seeking.
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