When You Do Something Nice For Another, Are You Really Doing It For Them, Or Yourself?

Did you have ever heard the argument that there is no such thing as pure altruism; the idea that a totally selfless good deed just doesn’t exist?

Essentially what this means is that even the most selfless good deed is actually still slightly selfish. “How can this possibly be?” I hear you ask “Loads of good people give loads to charity and do loads of other really good things for other people.”

Well the argument would be that even in the most extreme cases of kindness, even when you are so good to someone else, at a great cost to yourself, you would still come away from that experience feeling good about it and that means that there can never be any purely selfless good deed, because when all is said and done you benefited.