Do you believe in the concept of collective altruism?

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    philomusicposted 5 years ago

    Do you believe in the concept of collective altruism?

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    Garifaliaposted 5 years ago

    Yes I do. Most parents are altruists; they devote themselves to their children selflessly. Many people do the same in their society, all over the world. In the States there are very many people who offer their help (in any way they can) to their fellow citizens. It's a shame most, if not all, world leaders don't believe in this concept.

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    huckelburyposted 5 years ago

    Evolutionary biologists explain altruism as an adaptive behavior that enhances the survival of a particular gene pool. If one animal takes care of another and its young, that increases the chance that the animal will reciprocate. None of this is intentional, simply a manifestation of a trait that has survived through DNA programming. I like to think that humans recognize a common thread that unites us as humans with certain fundamental rights, which in turn prompts us to extend altruistic consideration to others. Sure, some do good deeds for the publicity or some sort of anticipated reward, but others engage in altruism because of a humanist approach: the recognition that others deserve our consideration. We overcome what Richard Dawkins referred to as the "selfish gene."