People who are always ready for charitable acts, caring, attentive, sensitive and disinterested are called Altruists. The word “altruism” comes from the Latin word for “another person” or “neighbor” in translation. Altruism is an unselfish concern for the welfare of others, a willingness to renounce one’s own interests for this. A compressed embodiment of altruism is the “live for others” setting. Although the term itself is relatively new, its meaning is related to other meanings: love for one’s neighbor in the Christian doctrine, the compulsory charity in Islam, the doctrine of sympathy in Buddhism, etc. Examples of altruism are always striking.
Altruists were often recognized as saints. Do you remember the details of the earthly life of the patron and protector of the children of St. Nicholas? His unselfish actions, of course, are a manifestation of altruism. Among the “honorary altruists,” you should also remember St. Valentine, who, according to legend, in spite of the imperial order, crowned the lovers, granting them the happiness of being together.
The opposite of altruism is Selfishness. An egoist is a person who neglects the interests of others for his own interests. The manifestation of selfishness, for example, is smoking in a playground or in a cafe where other non-smokers are next to the smoker. Selfish behavior of those who use brutal words in public places, listens to loud music, etc. But, in order for selfish actions in our lives to become less, it is necessary first of all to look closely to yourself.