​Is egoism an epidemic fed by a lack of awareness?

Commentary by José Parés Pérez, Concepción, Chile.

When something is not nice, I do not like to talk about it,

But often we have to do things that we do not like.

That is part of life, obeying and taking on responsibilities that we assign ourselves through our own rationale.

Nobody can deny that the world is as it because of the egoism that predominates.

A very small number of people have rights that allow them to possess the majority of the natural world and the artificial currencies that make life on Earth possible.

All the rest of us human beings must live from the remainder of these essential assets. 

If, as a human being, I can see that a reasonably acceptable life is jeopardised through the reality that I can observe, and I do nothing, I am ‘egoism’.  And this is a profound truth, even if I am not aware of it.  My fear and dread about not having what I have is such that I become confused and I do not see the reality.  Ignorance is no excuse.  Often we believe that not being aware means that we are not responsible for the epidemic that is putting an end to life on this planet.  But that is not the case.  Nobody can claim that they have never heard the crying of babies who are dying of hunger or thirst in those countries that have been abandoned.  Those types of tragedy cannot be ignored.