Why are mermaids selfish, or always portrayed as selfish beings? Not that they are human or inhuman, but always selfish? Well, there are a few stories that come to mind where mermaids aren't selfish (actually only one: Jane Yolen's "The Sea Man ") but everything else that is not yet violated by Disney and Co. all show mermaids as being selfish. Curious. Why, is it the cold of the sea or the salt or the rocks and the shipwrecks, hoards of sunken gold inside skulls? Is it the rotting flesh? I thought mermaids lived farther out, too . . . Maybe it is just the whole thing about Homer--people can be so unforgiving of truth-tellers.
Are mermaids really selfish? Does anybody know?