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Kanye West's Blatent Psychological Egoism - Is It Beyond His Control?

Updated on September 25, 2009

Psychological egoism is the view that humans are always motivated by rational self interest, even in what seem to be acts of altruism. This can be defined by either ethical egoism (the view that the individual should always be motivated by self interest and disregard the interests of the community), or rational egoism (the belief that the rational thing to do in all situations is that which furthers the actor's interests the most). It claims that when sane people choose to help others, it is because of the personal benefits they themselves obtain or expect to obtain, directly or indirectly, from doing so. Musical artist, Kanye West, is a perfect example of Psychological Egoism...

"Hey, hey. I'm very happy for you and all, and I'm gonna let you finish, but Beyonce had one of the best music videos EVER this year!"

Are you done, Kanye? I'm trying to write a hub here! Anyway, back to what I was saying. Not only has Kanye West alligned himself with Biblical figures, but has even gone so far as to call himself "The voice of this generation." Does he mean MY generation?

Another type of ethical egoism is conditional egoism. This is the theory that egoism is morally acceptable or right if it leads to morally acceptable ends. My question is this: What the hell has Kanye West done (other than producing a few decent songs) for society that, in his mind, justifies his actions? Obviously, he does them out of his own self-interests (i.e. ethical egoism) If conditional egoism...

"Yo, yo, YO! I'm sorry to keep bargin' in like dis, but I don't think y'all hurd me! Beyonce had THE best music video - EVER! Now you gonna try to philosophize me?! I wrote the BOOK on philosophizin', Dawg!"

Kanye, you have got to stop doing that. Sorry guys, as I was saying if conditional egoism can be worded as the selfish desire to do morally right to produce morally acceptable ends, then Kanye West's moral compass must be pointing southeast. Another contributing factor to Kanye West's apparent sociopathic behavior is the fact that he feels that he is always right, no matter how ludicrous the rest of society views his outbursts.

"Didn't you hurd me?! I said that Beyonce had the best music video EVER! Now y'all just gonna stand back and let that white gurl accept what ain't rightfully hers?! Dis an INJUSTICE peoples! All right... I'm gonna let you finish now."

Kanye, don't make me slap you! I'll do it! As I was saying before being so rudely interupted - AGAIN - psychological egoism is another sociopathic behavior that many of us learn is negative behavior during our cognative-developementative years (3-7 years old), and in a well-balanced person, is in inversive corollation with empathy. In a nutshell, this means that when we learn to feel empathy towards another human being, we suppress our desire to think selfishly.

"Don't worry, I'm gonna let you finish your philosophizisin and stuff, but I want to let the world know that Beyonce had the best music video EVER and I don't think I'm gettin' dat through to y'all!"

...Okay. I think Kanye West has, yet again, proven that he's a sociopathic ethical egoist who suffers from delusions of grandiose fantasy, and without medication (and lots of it), is doomed to continue living his life as a major douchebag. Oh... and he's a gay fish.

How much of a douche-bag is Kanye West?

In your opinion, just how big of a douche-bag is Kanye West?

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      Rodrick Lewis 

      4 years ago from Online

      Wow this is voiced very well, nice research. How you connected the dots between the two I thought were well manipulated.


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