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On Monday, Mayea was driving home to Tecumseh from her part-time job at the Real Canadian Superstore on Walker Road. Due to the poor road conditions following Sunday's snowstorm, she spun out on County Road 42, causing her to veer into the westbound lane and spin into a snowdrift. Mayea's car was stuck, and when she got out to wave for help, no one stopped.
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Originally posted by TheWill
Oh, the good old altruism with no direct benefits.
It is a nice story, and it is nice that the man stopped to help, but there are two things that I have to wonder whenever I hear about acts like this:
a) has the man studied enough evolutionary sociology and/or psychology to know that people claim that altruism for no reward is often suggested not to exist and
b) If he didn't know that people claim that altruism is never truly altruistic, would he still have done what he did?
It depresses me that I think like this, but I for one know that when I read that altruism was always for some sort of reward, I reacted to the statement by helping strangers. Then I read that an intrinsic or emotional reward is still a reward, it's just not as easy to quantify.
Somehow, the reward is reduced by knowing that it's there.
Back on topic, regardless of his motives - or lack thereof - for this random act of kindness, hooray for random acts of kindness!
edit on 16/12/2010 by TheWill because: (no reason given)