I may really be asking for it today. I’m a glutton for punishment. Whatever.
In yesterday’s AI, Elyse discussed the misconceptions people have about parenthood before they have children, and then what they find they were completely wrong about once that little bundle of joy arrives. The comments took a somewhat nasty turn for a little while but seem to have plateaued like they always do.
One of the comment themes was selfishness. Some people view having children as a selfish act. Some think expecting everyone to suit your needs in public is the selfish thing to do. There are a lot of things in the daily life of the average person which could be classified as selfish, but that tends to be up to the person doing the classifying.
For example, you may think I’m selfish for eating the last piece of cake in the fridge. I think I was avoiding being wasteful. And also I was hungry. Then, depending on how you present your feelings of my being selfish, I may think you are the one acting selfish, because what difference does it really make who ate the cake when I’m the one who baked it and it was just sitting there? [This is all hypothetical, mind you. My husband completely understands that a cake which is baked is a cake which is ate. By me in most cases.]
Where do you draw the line between reasonable and selfish? Have you been accused of selfishness over silly, unimportant or trivial things? Big, important things? Would you hate me if I ate the last piece of cake?
The Afternoon Inquisition (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Skepchick community. Look for it to appear daily at 3pm ET.