In The Kite Runner, the main character, Amir has many internal struggles. He wants to care for the people around him, but he always ends up focusing on himself. In general, a large amount of people would celebrate someone who gives hope to the less fortunate, but this is not the case for Amir. His father has a soft spot in his heart for his youngest servant, Hasaan. Through out the novel, Amir's father treats his servant like a son rather than an employee. Amir struggles to accept the idea of sharing the spotlight wit someone that he sees as inferior. His jealousy can be strongly exemplified when reflects upon his desire for more attention from his father by contemplating that "If I changed my mind and asked for a bigger and fancier kite, Baba would buy it for me - but then he'd buy it for Hasaan too. Sometimes I wished he wouldn't do that. Wished he'd let me be the favorite" (51). Overtime, Amir continues to search for his father's favoritism. After wrongfully framing Hasaan for a crime, Hasaan and his father quit their jobs as servants. As they were leaving Amir's home, Amir knew that "this was the part where I'd run outside, my bare feet splashing rainwater. I'd chase the car, screaming for it to stop. I'd pull Hassan out of the backseat and tell him I was sorry, so sorry, my tears mixing with rain water... I was sorry, but I didn't cry and I didn't chase the car. I watched Baba's car pull away from the curb, taking with it the person whose first spoken word had been my name" (109). His selfish acts clouded his rightful judgement. Amir knew how to correct his mistakes for the sake of his long-time family friend, but his desire for attention exceeded his desire to advocate for others. While Amir's mindset may seem cruel, his way of thinking is not uncommon in modern day society. I believe that humans have the natural instinct to put ourselves over others. Being selfless is a trait that can be ridiculously hard to develop. Even when people know what the right thing to do is, personal obstacles can hold them back. Greed, jealousy and self preservation often prevent people from determining right from wrong, and good from bad.
Attitudes similar to Amir's can be seen at large in the political and economic aspect of modern day America. The debate over affordable health care is thickening. Obamacare provided healthcare of lower costs to lower class citizens. In theory, Obamacare is fantastic, but upper class citizens dislike the idea because their tax money is being given to other people. In an article titled, "Why do people still hate ObamaCare? Probably because they still don't know much about", the Los Angeles Times explains that since the affordable health care act went into effect, taxes have increased, but more importantly, a large amount lower class people were given a second chance at life. According to the Los Angeles Times, "Obamacare has reduced the ranks of the medically uninsured to an all-time low". Obamacare usually only benefits part of the population, but richer people should not be enraged at the idea of using money for the betterment of other people. It is evident that the upper class is so focused on their money and profits, that the moral concept of Obamacare has been ignored. In reality, affordable health care saves lives, but the judgement of the upper class is clouded by their personal desires. The line between selfishness and selflessness causes heavy debates in modern day society, because the natural instinct of many humans is to fend for themselves. Through events, such as the health care debates, it is obvious that many humans struggle to separate their personal desires from the improvement of large amounts of people. Sadly, many people share one Amir's major flaws. This flaw continues to reveal people's true colors in the worst possible way.
Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner, Riverhead Books, 2003. Print.
Michael Hiltsik, "Why do people still hate Obamacare? Probably because they still don't know much
about it". Los Angeles Times. Last modified October 12, 2017.