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Does True Altruism Exist?

Excerpt from Neel Burton M.D.

Does True Altruism Exist?

“The bottom line, I think, is this.

There can be no such thing as an ‘altruistic’ act that does not involve some element of self-interest, no such thing, for example, as an altruistic act that does not lead to some degree, no matter how small, of pride or validation or satisfaction.

Accordingly, an act should not be written off as selfish or self-motivated simply because it includes some small and inevitable element of self-interest.

The act can still be counted as altruistic if the ‘selfish’ element is accidental; or, if not accidental, then secondary; or, if neither accidental nor secondary, then un-determining.
My two cents: My daughter with the child psychology degree tells me altruism does not exist in nature.

She studied the behavior of primates in college, concluding we always have a benefit in mind.

Some people go to church so God will be good to them or they are afraid of not going to church and the consequences they may incur.

We always have a reason.

I want to believe I am a giver.

I can see both perspectives on this one.

Full article here:

The Truth about Us All


From Bite Sized Happiness

“We should all walk around with a sign posted on our foreheads that reads:

“Please don’t take anything I say or do personally.

I’m as self-oriented as you are.

Everything I say and do is consciously or unconsciously aimed at pleasing me, even when it seems like I’m trying to please you.”




My two cents: My daughter believes altruism does not exist in humans.

We always have our selfish motives.

For me, loving kindness exists to alleviate the suffering of others.

I do agree humans are not very altruistic as a whole.

Any thoughts?



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