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Many people would say that altruism was at its peak in England during the Blitz. People with next to nothing would share with their friends and total strangers, even though rationing was in force and you never knew where your next meal was coming from.
I think this stems from the concept that people are, when given the chance, generally kind in nature; they don't want to see others suffer.
It also comes down to pride; many people will not accept charity, however in adverse situations they know eventually they will need it but they want to make sure they have been charitable first. (Or is this just a cynical outlook?) Perhaps a belief in what goes around comes around.
My grandmother lived through the Blitz and often told how she went without to make sure her kids and husband had food. She was generous to a fault her entire life; I often wondered if her early life experience created a kind of martyr complex, or was she just increadably kind?
Is altruism a selfish way to make oneself feel good? (cynicism again?)



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