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Amanda asked in Science & MathematicsMedicine · 4 weeks ago

Would this be altruism?

voluntarily checking on someone after they had an operation altho you're not the one who's been taking care of them


nor the surgeon

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  • 4 weeks ago
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    At a stretch.  Altruism is generally seen as an act that benefits others but carries a cost for the actor.  It is altruistic to do what you say, to take time out of a busy day to see if a person needs some help or company.  The altruism question turns as much on your level of sacrifice (the cost to you) as it does on the level of benefit being provided.  I wouldn't consider it altruistic to pass by where you would have already been going.  It is a kindness, perhaps, but not really a sacrifice on your part.

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