As we’ve already discussed, altruism is a part of our genetics, it’s an “embedded code” that is not easy to suppress.
Yet, many people believe that it’s hard to do something good and instead search for excuses why not to act on helping others.
“The next time you want to withhold your help, or your love, or your support for another for whatever the reason, ask yourself a simple question: do the reasons you want to withhold it reflect more on them or on you? And which reasons do you want defining you forevermore?”
You don’t have to stop asteroids with one hand or push a nuclear bomb through a black hole to be a world-class hero. Because, in truth, the everyday help that counts the most.
These talks will show you how to find and release your inner hero!
Mark Bezos – Lesson from a firefighter
In this brief talk Mark tells us a funny anti-success story that happened during his work. Though he shares the most influential wisdom with us:
“Not every day is going to offer us a chance to save somebody’s life, but every day offers us an opportunity to affect one.”
Peter Singer on the effective altruism
In his engaging talk Peter Singer, altrusim expert argues that helping others can be truly effective and explains that even the smallest contribution means the world to people in need.
“Becoming an effective altruist gives you meaning and fulfillment. It enables you to have a solid basis for self-esteem on which you can feel your life was really worth living.”
Matthieu Ricard on how to let altruism be our guide
Matthieu Ricard is not an average person: actually he is living his life as a monk. In his soothing speech he reveals the extraordinary potential for goodness and the power of compassion towards others.
“I don’t want to live in the kind of world where we don’t look out for each other. Not just the people that are close to us, but anybody who needs a helping hand. I cant change the way anybody else thinks, or what they choose to do, but I can do my bit.”
Philip Zimbardo – The two faces of mankind: Evil vs. Angel
Philip Zimbardo is a well-known psychologist, who was leading the 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment – so he knows how bad people can be. But in his presentation, he finally concludes that everyone has an inner hero and being good is in our nature as well.
“To really change the world, we have to help people change the way they see things. Global betterment is a mental process, not one that requires huge sums of money or a high level of authority. Change has to be psychological. So if you want to see real change, stay persistent in educating humanity on how similar we all are than different. Don’t only strive to be the change you want to see in the world, but also help all those around you see the world through commonalities of the heart so that they would want to change with you. This is how humanity will evolve to become better. This is how you can change the world. The language of the heart is mankind’s main common language.”