Is doing no harm sufficient or does each of us have an obligation to actively reach out to help others? Do you think that those who believe in a hereafter are more inclined to be philanthopic than those who do not? Is altruism natural or is it learned behavior?
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I am not sure whether your take is cynical or realistic. I wonder whether there are stages in learnng to share as in other areas of development or taste.
But what about what we feel when seven a stranger falls or a pet is hurt while near us?
Clive Donegal I believe cynical responses are often grounded in some aspects of reality. I'm not exactly a bible thumper but I seem to recall there were 10 Commandments put forth by God, Thy shall not kill, steal.. Apparently kindness wasn't natural
I think people use the word "obligation" in different ways. What you talk about, I call "external obligation," and I see it as coercion, as you do. Some people are nourished by a religious or internal sense of obligation that can be quite healthy.