True altruism is something we need to learn

Opinion from the Internet:

“What are some examples of altruistic behaviors that cannot be traced back to any conscious or subconscious drives?”

By default, we do not have such examples. In our inherent “inner software” there is no such mode as “true altruism”.

We are programmed by nature’s evolution in such a way that we cannot act, even move a finger unless we see some self-benefit, selfish reward at the end of that action.

Even when we “love” we “love” as it gives us pleasure, while the mother’s “unconditional love” towards her children is programmed by natural instincts.

This selfish egoism drove human evolution so far, catapulting us far beyond the development of other developed primates for example.

On the other hand, in a fully integrated and interdependent natural world, that is developing, surviving based on a totally selfless, altruistic mutual cooperation of all of its comprising parts — like the cells and organs of our own biological bodies — humanity will not survive unless we ourselves learn what true, selfless altruism and unconditional love and service of others mean.

The fact that we have to consciously, proactively learn this above and against our original self-serving, individualistic, exploitative nature gives us our human, evolutionary advantage.

This way even after we integrated with each other and by that, we integrated into nature, we will retain a unique, conscious, independent but objective viewpoint of reality.

As a result, we become nature’s only fully aware insider observers and partners compared to other animals that are blindly, instinctively integrated into the system.



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Zsolt Hermann

I am a Hungarian-born Orthopedic surgeon presently living in New Zealand, with a profound interest in how mutually integrated living systems work.