Altruism Isn’t Generosity

Tibor R. Machan


A big error has haunted humanity for centuries: it’s the equivocation between generosity and altruism.

Generosity is a virtue any decent human being will practice: it asks that one reach out to deserving others in times of dire need. Altruism is a policy of devoting oneself to benefiting others above all. The former is admirable; the latter is suicidal.

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