The Practice of Altruism: Caring and Religion in Global Perspective
Cambridge Scholars Press, 2006 - 209 pages
The study of altruism and altruistic behavior has caught the attention of social scientists especially in recent years. What motivates individuals to cultivate attitudes and actions that promote the wellbeing of others at the expense of, or at the risk of negative consequences for their own?
In our contemporary global society marked by conflict and violence among different sectors of the population in various regions of the world, and wherein religion can be a factor that exacerbates such conflict and violence, harnessing the power of religion towards directions of reconciliation, creativity, and altruistic action, remains a crucial task for humankind.
This volume addresses a question especially relevant in our day: do people who profess religious commitment or affiliation in a particular religious community tend to nurture altruistic kinds of attitude and action more than others? Social scientists present results of their empirical studies on Japanese society, as well as on North American, European, Indian, and Thai societies, to focus on this issue and offer insightful reflections on the relationship between religion and society.
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In a cosmology of vitalism the whole universe is regarded as one living body and
it is believed that all things are interlinked , harmonious and sympathetic . Human
beings are also considered as branch streams of one living body , and ...
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warned against child beggars , because helping them ultimately kept their
parents from seeking a decent living ( Mylius 2004 : 313 ) . References : Aitoku
Shinnyo - en heartily encourages its adherents to live with compassion for others
and share the joy of living with others . These attitudes are fostered by its
teaching of altruism and are bolstered by practices in daily life . These ways of
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