Altruism;: Its nature and varieties; the Ely lectures for by George Herbert Palmer

By George Herbert Palmer

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A well-man nered man may have a friendly soul. But MANNERS he may have 31 one of an opposite sort. Man though altruistic in form, ners, therefore, not necessarily altruistic in matter. They can, accordingly, be regarded as only the beginning of our inquiry. No human society, it is now evident, can be formed without recognizing the altruistic principle; but in manners that principle may be em are ployed as naturally for an egoistic as for an altruistic purpose. What we are in a situation in which a man sin cerely prefers another s good to his own.

The mind cannot grasp their human and detailed significance. Regrettable as this fact is, we had better recognize it as in evitable, accepting as our particular charge GIFTS 55 those instances of need which lie sufficiently near for careful inspection and leaving the more vast and distant to be cared for by special experts, supplied with our means but not our ignorance. Much of our best charity must be exercised by deputy. The fact that gifts cannot be entirely rationalized suggests a doubt whether they can form more than a subordinate instru ment for expressing altruism.

Soon all of our youth, We bursts into laughter. talking, He naturally feels that we have been perceive Manners are devised to stop such shut out and rude. when John and the company except John Smith go on we We leave outside social painful feelings. walls whatever cannot be shared by all alike. I have been expounding here something it is seldom mentioned or so familiar that MANNERS 23 even thought of, but is usually taken as a Yet surely it is im matter of course. how wide is the extent to perceive portant of altruism.

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