Originally posted by Aquarius1
reply to post by oozyism
I am not buying that, it reminds me of 72 Virgins or whatever number it is. If anything counts I think it would be doing something from the heart
without expectations, it could be as simple as helping an elderly person put groceries in the car. People to things for others everyday without giving
it a thought..if you believe in a creator and hope doing good will get you to heaven, so be it.
I associate altruism with spirituality not religion.
WOW the 72 virgins have been propagated further than I could imagine, amazing don't you think? That the only thing you know about Islam are the
negatives, it is like concentrating the negatives in your way of life, Westernism.
So you say people will help an elderly because? I have seen people help elderly persons before, but why? It is for public image don't you think?
Hence cultural norm. Plus you can get hooked up with a single mother easily by showing such characteristics.
From what I know, no one does anything without asking for something in response, whether it be acceptance within a society or material gains, it is
all the same.
Islam in the other hand is probably one of 'the way of lives' which requires its followers to give without expecting anything in return, at least in
this life. That being said, makes true Muslims the only true Altruists.
Yes we have seen people helping people, but if you don't have a belief system which pushes you to live for the next life, you won't be obliged to be
an Altruist, it is as simple as that.
Give yourself as an example, are you an Altruist? What have you done which makes you an Altruist?
I can say I'm an Altruist, at least to some extent, for example I have given Charity without anyone knowing it was from me, therefore I don't expect
anything in return, from anyone, in this Universe. That is pure, that is raw. What I have seen in Western society is alot of charity, but have you
seen the size of those checks lol?
Take this to the bank
[edit on 26-10-2009 by oozyism]