Can pure altruism truly exist?

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    That is to say, can regard for the wellbeing of others ever truly be "selfless"?
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    No, I do not see this as being possible because one cannot act in a way that doesn't serve oneself in some way.
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    Altruism should not be selfless.





























    Altruism cannot and should not be selfless because it benefits the giver as much as the receiver. Even if you give or serve simply from a sense of obligation, something you feel you have to do. isn't it a good thing to fulfill your obligations?

    I also believe if a person learns charity as a small child it has profound effects on what kind of person they turns out to be. People aren't reliant on one another like they used to be. Gov has taken our neighbors place so it's no wonder people don't feel empathy for each other anymore.
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    You can see it in animals although that is debatable
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    What if someone decides to take capital punishment instead of someone they know to be innocent, and is close to curing cancer? You dont want to die, perhaps this person is your wife or child.

    Would dying for someone you love still be self centred?

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    Economics states that it doesn't exist. We do everything to maximise our satisfaction or because we were forced.
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    (Original post by Cain Tesfaye)
    That is to say, can regard for the wellbeing of others ever truly be "selfless"?
    I'd say that blood donation is pretty altruistic; you risk infection and endure being stabbed with a huge ass needle so that blood gets taken from you and given to a total stranger that you'll never see in your life so that they might live
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    (Original post by Cain Tesfaye)
    That is to say, can regard for the wellbeing of others ever truly be "selfless"?
    As mentioned above, there are some relatively restricted circumstances in which one could be considered truly selfless in their actions.
 
 
 
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