Are we really an altruist? Isn't there some kind of hidden returns for such act from us?
When the beggars come and knock your car window in the traffic signal, you might be searching for some coins. What do you think the real intention is? Is it to give some money to him, or is it to avoid the possible scratches he is going to make on the glass? What do you get in return from this act?
When small kids come and poke you, when you are standing in front of a shopping mall or bus stop with your girl friend, You might put your hands inside the pocket for some coins to get ride of such embarrassing situation. What is the benefit from such so called act of altruism? When you get benefited, can we call it as altruism?
Now, there is a trend of IT professionals going to NGOs and taking teaching sessions. Isn't it to get relaxation from the daily hectic routine of work? Ultimate result is some kind of relaxation from your hectic life. Can I call this also as an altruism ?
"Well, this write up is the after effect of the chapter "Unbelievable Stories about Apathy and Altruism" from "SUPER FREAKonomics" by Steven D.Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner." Interesting thoughts of applying economics in some behavior of us.