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Do you believe that people are instinctively selfish or instinctively generous?


I was wondering about that when it occurred to me that parents spend a great amount of time teaching their children to share. Curiosity about peoples opinions is driving this question.

 

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    Tom Ware (Tusitala Tom) 4 years ago

    Concur your views. Generosity wells up, we go to share...or give and...

    in comes those thoughts about, 'Can I afford it?' Then the rationalizations: 'They've had same chances I had... They'll not appreicate...they waste it...etc.

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    Paula (fpherj48) 4 years ago

    and I think you're right, Til...there is a difference between sharing and generosity.....thanks for pointing this out to me.....and I'd like to say one more thing. If my grandchildren have a bag of candy...they didn't get it from ME! Honest.


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    maddot 4 years ago

    But what are the basic instincts? Are you saying that we are basically selfish and hateful, greedy and insular? Or do we crave something else?


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