We are Naturally Altruistic

By Anupum Pant

As we get older we become far more selfish, being altruistic then is something that requires extra effort. Although some of us retain the ability to give without expecting anything back, most of us don’t. Something changes while we grow up. It probably has something to do with the kind of environment we’re raised in.

I say we lose this ability as we grow because it has been proven now that we are naturally altruistic. Researchers at Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, show in their experiments how little kids have an innate impulse to offer assistance when a person shows that they need it.

In fact, chimps do this too. However they aren’t very enthusiastic about offering help when something seems to be out of reach. But we sure share this spontaneous altruistic motivation with chimpanzees. It certainly has deep evolutionary roots.

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