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Does altruism really exist? To understand this question, you have to look at both extremes.
1st, if the kid is at your doorstep, and you help him out, the chances are high that this 'altruistic' act, will end up helping you out.. The kid owes you, and it would be a bigger burden to not let him live then it would to help him out.
Now, a kid on the other side of the planet, that you will likely never see. If you do send the money, you will likely never see any benefit over the coarse of your lifetime. This kid will likely never no your name, and never help you out down the road..
So.. the likeliness for social payback from someone kinda diminishes the further away the kid gets from you..
This would make sense evolutionarily..
Just my 2 cents.
Peter: yeah, I think that's how it is for almost everyone. It's a very honest answer :)
Ryan: I actually think it's not about the kid owing you, but simply about soothing our conscience. It's harder for us to let a child die in front of us than to let it live, because it makes us feel worse. That's not a bad thing either if you ask me, it means that we are naturally altruistic, as long as we are sufficiently aware of and connected to the problem. But the awareness and connection are often lacking. :)
If the child is on my doorstep or a few blocks away i would help the child, but if i'm not confronted with him/her probably not.
I'd probably addopt it to, i really wanna addopt a child. But we probbably wont get one cause we're too young and we're not "wealthy" enough, we just get arround.
Yea, I agree. Also for conscience to make sense evolutionarily, it would make sense if it was somehow advantageous to help those in need that have a chance of paying us back.
In the direct sense, yes it's because of how you feel.
But how you feel may be for selfish reasons.
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