We have all wondered at one time or the other if altruism or selflessness really exists. While there are evolutionary scientists who believe the ‘selfish gene’ theory, others disagree. In fact, they have put together an entirely new set of theories. According to it, altruism is at the centre of the survival of any species, especially humans.
One of the better known scientists who is a proponent of the latter theory is David Sloan Wilson. A SUNY Distinguished Professor of Biology and Anthropology at Binghamton University, Wilson explored the topic in detail in his book ‘Does Altruism Exist?’.
According to his book, altruism is among the traits that helped certain species outmaneuver the others. It also passed along from generation to generation since it was a trait that helps survival of the group, he added. He also compares the need for selfishness and altruism from an evolutionary standpoint. His conclusion is: Selfishness beats altruism within a group. Altruistic groups beat selfish groups in survival.
“If we want the world to become a better place, we must choose policies with the welfare of the whole world in mind. As for as our selection criteria are concerned, we must become planetary altruists,” Wilson wrote in the book. Through many examples from the modern world, he explains the importance altruism plays in the society even today.
Today, technology allows us to help anyone in any part of the world, irrespective of geographical distances. At Crowdera, we also believe that doing good to each other alone can help make our world a better one. We welcome all of you to be a part of the giving revolution that we are proud proponents of.