Posts Tagged ‘social justice warriors’

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It wasn’t until the later part of my graduate school career that we started to talk seriously about altruism, it’s effects in society, and how little we actually understand the impulse to do good.

Most psychologists are of the mind that no act is purely altruistic.  When we act altruistically, there is generally a hidden benefit to the giver; altruism acts as a strengthener of the social network, the common thread between us in society, ensuring that we get what we give – what goes around comes around.  Some people act for religion; some, to offset (or continue to do) harm.  Our biology can encourage us to perpetuate our genes, even at our own expense.

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