Life in service of others ‘ a devotion that is often associated with those of holy s or maybe even a few remaining politicians . Be that as it may , this still does not explain the fact why many still continue to live there lives for the sole purpose of helping the less fortunate and the needy . There are no studies to show that such a characteristic is genetic and that a person who is biologically constructed in a certain manner is predisposed to living a selfless life . There have been many instances when these [banner_entry_middle]
people have not only sacrificed their time and effort to helping others but have even placed their lives on the line for others , who may even be Samaritans
The question that begs to be asked is , What makes these people do what they do ‘ Is it a mission from a higher being that we lesser mortals have been left out of ? Or is it simply that they see in charity what we may arguably never see in our entire lives
There are two ways of looking at this situation and arriving at an answer to the questions that have been raised regarding why people volunteer or perform community service . The first point of view is that in helping others these selfless individuals are of the belief that they can make a difference in this world and make it a better place for everyone to live in . The assumption under this perspective is that people are generally social beings in nature . Putting all personal motivations aside , it is but natural for individuals , human beings , to pursue what they feel is best for the community in which they live in In certain cases , the devotion to the betterment and welfare of the community becomes so great that an individual is more than willing to place his or her life on the line for the protection or benefit of the community
The second point of view , which will be called the control view , is from a more selfish and self-centered approach which posits that while there may not be any direct benefits that these individuals can attain for themselves through these efforts , in the long run there is still an indirect benefit that they can derive from such acts . This perspective acts on the assumption that these individuals are actually just furthering their own agendas under the guise of helping other people This is also supported , somewhat , by the theory of Adam Smith in his book entitled , The Wealth of Nations , which basically argues that if all individuals acted according to what would benefit them the end result would still be that the greatest good for everyone would occur Individuals acting according to what they see is the best course of action for them and contributing not only to their personal gain but the gain of the community as well
We may never know what truly motivates these generous individuals but what remains clear is that whether the motivation to… [banner_entry_footer]
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