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Is helping others a moral obligation?

A few months ago, we were debating in our Debate and Speech club about "it is a moral obligation to help those in need". I recently read a book by Dalai Lama "The Road to Happiness" I believe, in which this "issue" came back again. Are people born selfish? Can they change? Are people altruist? Can we help others? Should we help others? In case we do, is it because of the good feeling we get, or just because we want to help them? Can this be confused with weakness?


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  • Jun 12 2012: Nothing is a moral obligation. If you build your moral ideals you act according to them because it is your personality.
    When someone has the "moral obligation" to do something it is because is pretending to act morally right despite it is not on his/her personality.

    That is why helping others shouldn´t be a moral obligation. If it is in your moral code you won´t do it as an obligation but as a natural action.

    The solution: Build a strong moral code in order to act naturally and not pretending.

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