Altruism, By Charles Darwin

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Altruism is the practice of selfless concern for the well-being of others, or the behavior of an animal that benefits another at its own expense. Evidence shows that the act of altruism is unique in the world of animals. The interaction between those who are selfish and those who are altruistic is vital to human cooperation. A small group of altruistic people can give enough motivation to a large number of egotistical to move a mountain. Just as a large number of selfish people could push a small group of charitable people to change the world. It is the interaction between both that make this world go around (Nature). The world we live in is a big machine, and those who help others are the ones who keep it running effectively. People who help others through evolution, medicine and the future of our world own our forthcoming. Survival of the fittest or survival of the most congenial is a question that has emerged since the dawn of time. The mystery of altruism was addressed by Charles Darwin, who posed the question most starkly. From the selfless ant, to the stinging bee, to the man laying down his life for a stranger, evolution has yielded a goodness that in theory should never be (Harman 1). Natural selection, which is a common term of evolution favors altruistic behavior because in the long run it benefits the organism performing the behavior. A human leaping into a large body of water, at the risk of his own life to save another distantly related human being is said to…

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