Not to receive, nor for what you gain, but for the greater good...
Altruism: The principle or practice of concern for the welfare of others.
Let us try to teach generosity and altruism, because we are born selfish.
Religion creates community, community creates altruism and altruism turns us away from self and towards the common good...
How selfish soever man may be supposed, there are evidently some principles in his nature, which interest him in the fortune of others, and render their happiness necessary to him, though he derives nothing from it, except the pleasure of seeing it.
Emotional and Cognitive Contagion
There are birds and animals who use the experiences of others to further their chance of survival.
Some are sensitive only to the responses of their own species. Others are able to relate, empathize, understand and share in the experiences well beyond their immediate family, to those who are different.
Peace is not a static or passive state. It is the dynamic strain of my resistance to the trust of a stranger.
When I not only think but feel about another, my life is enriched by the possibility of love.
DO · DO NOT
We have a choice before us now,
This text or click of x,
The x that stops our gaze and thought,
The x that turns our world to naught,
We choose between the need to know,
The need to do or not,
Our world of option,
Good or bad,
And as so often is,
An ocean deep,
Or light as on a mountaintop.
A Second Glance
If this our second chance and first has gone,
We see the world in different form,
What life can give or go with smallest deed,
What need for others care in mind and heart,
What makes us one or breaks us blind,
When lost with self we find ourselves apart.
Why be kind for others when it does not appear to benefit you? Compassion without thought of self contributes to greater happiness.