People Commit Crimes for Selfish Reasons : Best Essay

Dear all,

I have here an essay on “People Commit Crimes for Selfish Reasons” (one of the best, after having been edited) written by my student to be shared online. Hopefully you will benefit from it.


People commit crime because of selfish reasons. Do you agree?

   How do people define crime? Some might define crime as an act of offence towards the morality of humans. Others might regard crime as an act that harms the universal human rights. In my perspectives, I think that crime is an offence made towards the law. Therefore, why do people still commit crimes? Some crimes were committed because of hatred, hardships and even because of the people they loved. All in all, I do agree that people commit crimes because of selfish reasons. I am saying so based on several reasons.

  My first reason to agree with the statement is that people commit crimes because of greed. Greed is one’s desire to have more than what one already has. We can look at greed using different perspectives. One of them is of a poverty-stricken person whose only desire is to fill up his hungry stomach. Since he was born in poverty, it would be nearly impossible for him to pay for his food. So, in order to fill up his stomach, he decided to steal, for instance, a piece of bread from a nearby bakery shop. This is a kind of greed that is used to fullfill one’s basic needs, like to kill the dying hunger.

  However, there is another perspective that can be used to view upon greed. It is the wanting to lead a luxurious life or even to own something that is beyond one’s financial budget. For example, a person of moderate income would like to own an expensive plasma television which the price is beyond his budget. However, his greed prompts him to own that item by either stealing money to purchase it or to steal the item itself. When the person get caught by any law enforcer, the person will be charged in court for committing a crime. To steal to fulfill one’s desire to own an item which one understands that it is beyond his financial budget is committing a crime by the cause of greed. This, in my view, shows that people commit crimes for selfish reason.

  Next, people commit crimes because of hatred. Why are there hatred within people? The root of hatred might be caused by peer influence or environmental sway or even being envious towards others’ wealth and prosperity. One of the crimes that was committed by the cause of hatred was the Nazi’s genocide. That was Adolf Hitler’s policy to literally eliminate the Jews throughout Europe. Many Jews had been sent to concentration camps in order to be sentenced to death, and many Jews died during that period of Nazi’s administration.

   The common question is, why did Adolf Hitler commit genocide on the Jews? It was said that Hitler’s hatred towards the Jews began when his letter of application had been rejected by the famous Art Academy in Venice, that was controlled by wealthy Jews. Hitler was probably rejected because Hitler himself was not a Jew. Probably having felt discriminated, when Adolf Hitler headed the Nazi’s party, this hatred led him to formulate a policy to eliminate the Jews throughout Europe, once and for all. In reference to Hitler’s case, I think that it can be justified that people commit crime because of  selfish reasons like one’s hatred towards another person or race.

  Third of all, people commit crimes because of ignorance. An ignorant person is said to be a person having blind and stubborn determination. For instance, they insisted on being correct at all times, without any knowledge that what they had actually done was wrong by the side of law. The most prominent example was the war waged by the government of the United States of America towards Afghanistan following the incident of 9/11, which was when ‘terrorists’  attacked the World Trade Centre in New York in two air crafts. As claimed by George Washington Bush, former president of the United States of America, after the 9/11 attack, “ the surest way to avoid attacks on our people is to engage the enemy where he lives and plans. We are fighting … Afghanistan today so that we do not meet him again on our streets, in our own cities.” Consequently, the government of the United States of America had declared war with the country that had been suspected to house the major terrorist who instigated the 9/11 incident, Osama Bin Laden. They then sent troops to savage Afghanistan, bombing the residences of Afghanistan, thus killing thousands and thousands of innocent lives there.

  From my point of view, the government of the United States of America was actually committing a crime as the mass killing of Iraqi citizens for something they are not responsible of is a crime. Furthermore, to champion on a revenge as what the Americans were trying to do for the killing in 9/11 is an ignorant act. The Americans might have been ignorant of the real truth and had been misguided by their anger into believing that Osama Bin Laden was the actual culprit for the 9/11 incident. In short, the government of the United States of America committed a crime because of ignorance. And by this, they are actually committing a crime out of a selfish reason.

  In conclusion, based on what have been discussed, it is true that people commit crimes for selfish reasons. I hope that people will realize that whatever crimes that they had committed, it is more for selfish reasons. In order to stop this cycle of violence from recurring, they should avoid committing themselves to crime activities, thus ensuring the world to be a safer place to live in for future generations.


Written by,

Chin Ri Andrew (H4T6), KMPP









1 Comment »

  1. sinroy Said,

    17/11/2011@ 6:22 pm      

    thanks. it helps! =)

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