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Altruism hypothetical
By oz_helenmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Mon Jul 18, 2011 04:15 AM

If you had the opportunity to be completely altruistic with a selection of people you knew, who would you choose to help and why? Would you help your family and best friends or would you help an acquaintance you knew in dire need of help, who was living in a manner with which you didn't agree? Give reasons!

Helen

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re: Altruism hypothetical
By kandykanePremium member
On Mon Jul 18, 2011 08:19 AM
I would set my parents up for retirement. It's high time they did and I hate seeing my mom so exhausted all the time and never having time or money to do the fun things she wants to do. I would also pay off my dad's medical bills for the same reasons. I want them to be able to vacation with us more often.

Also, daughter's boyfriend's grandmother could use some assistance. I would send his little sister to a performing arts boarding school and get her away from the bad situation she's in.

I would pay to fix my nieghbor's central AC. It's been 105+ here for a month and they are living with two small bedroom window units. This is partly for selfish reasons as I am tired of hearing their dogs bark at all hours through the open windows of their main living area.

I would pay for several kids I know to go to college.

I would make a large donation to a charity women's medical facility near us.

And I would start a performing arts foundation in my town. Sports dominate around here. We need the arts here, too!

kk~
re: Altruism hypothetical
By Heartmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Mon Jul 18, 2011 11:11 AM
True altruism doesn't exist! You are just being selfish!

*marches off waving copy of Atlas Shrugged mumbling about trains and socialism*

Honestly: my family (by which I mean extended family) has a beach house which we can't afford to take care of. My great-grandparents built it and it's been passed down since then. My grandparents could not afford to do much upkeep and it's in a very sorry state right now. My grandfather has passed away and there's a lot of debate about what to do with the house when (in the far future, please! *sigh*) my grandmother goes. My grandmother has six kids, including my mom, none of whom can afford to take care of the house individually. The property is very valuable and will probably be sold with the profits split.

All of us grandchildren (and most of my aunts and uncles, probably) want to see the house kept in the family. It's not so much a vacation home as a family tradition. Every summer, the house is opened up and every aunt and uncle from near and far comes to visit. Everyone in my family has grown up there, basically.

I would be heartbroken if we sold the house, so I would renovate it and make sure it stays in the family.


Now that I think of it, I would also renovate my ex-boyfriend's home. They took me in and gave me a place to live when I had nowhere else to go. The home could be on an HGTV show, honestly, it's that bad. They're good people and are always willing to help out if one of their friends is in need. I don't have any adequate way of saying thank you to them, so I'd love to be able to give back.

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