Altruism doesn’t exist.

Altruism is defined as the principle or practice of unselfish concern for or devotion to the welfare of others.

In discussing this with a friend the other day I argued that true altruism doesn’t exist. I should mention here that I am a fan of Ayn Rand and she would argue that humans operate basically out of selfishness (which she describes as a positive trait).

The other day I did something nice for someone. I did it anonymously. But the truth is that it made me feel really good. And that was my point; since I felt good, then it couldn’t be "unselfish concern or devotion".

I think that people care about each other, but they do so because it makes them feel good to do so. That isn’t altruism.


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