altruism LO28433

From: Jan Lelie (
Date: 05/08/02

Replying to LO28429 --

Dear Andrew,

isn't it an alltruism?

I'll send this message without the purpose of gaining something
personally. Altruism means that you do something without personal gain;
but isn't the feeling of doing something altruistic not a kind of personal
gain? Or the chance, the idea, the notion, the possibility, the reason
that you did something that in the end will mean some gain for the system
you're (or were) a part of? Isn't that very selfish? Take self-sacrifice
for no reason at all - if possible - . Succesful self-sacrifice seems
simply so stupid somebody should say something smart like: "there is no
true altruism and everything is altruism". alltruism.

Smile, say cheese, see ;-)

Jan wrote:

> I would like to side step the thorny old problemos of hardly workinglyness
> and efficienadios of worklinglyhardlytonotatall and I would like to flag
> up the thorny old chestlynut of altruism. What is the place for altruism
> in leadership at all levels of all organizations? What is our personal
> experience of altruism at work? How powerful is it in the lexicon?


With kind regards - met vriendelijke groeten,

Jan Lelie

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