Altruism is the unselfish concern for the welfare of others. Altruism is the scientific term for selflessness. I recently was debating with someone whether it is a genetic trait that we are born with or if altruism is something we consciously choose to do, or if it actually exists at all. From an evolutionary standpoint altruism is counter productive because it does not benefit survival of the individual. Yet, It does Benefit the survival of the species if we are helping each other. If we are looking at people as a whole it has been seen that people will put the greater good as a whole species above the needs and survival of the individual. This is seen for example, on 911 when people ran in to help the survival of others, putting their lives in danger with no real benefit to the individual. This is our oneness we look at and if we are motivated to survive as a whole species is it selflessness if genetically we are driven to act and help in these situations. Tell me what your views are?
written by Nichole Grimshaw
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