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Ben Maudlin

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If everyone in the world did one altruistic thing or helped one person everyday, that would be over 7 billion good acts done in a day.

If everyone in the world did one altruistic thing or helped one person (without selfish motivation) everyday that would be over 7 billion good acts done in a day, 49 billion a week, 196 billion per month and 2555 billion or 2.555 trillion. See the big picture now? Would make a big difference to everyone including you and me.

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    Nov 30 2011: Ben, I don't think this old world's weariness is caused by too few acts of altruism, but too many acts of narcissism.
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      Nov 30 2011: I think edward long has a point. No matter how much good you pour on sh.. you still have the sh... I agree there is much sh.. we could do without. I, being so grey minded, have difficulty judging good and bad. Everything always seems to add to, even negatives. I think there are many places simple things could make huge impacts. I think most people are too busy thinking of themselves and their own (in this tough world) to think of much. I feel we must have peace and good will toward ourselves, if we are to truly give it to others. In this chaotic world we live I feel we don't muse enough.
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        Dec 1 2011: I agree with this however, I would use the example of me helping a person at my local cafe. His Barista had just resigned giving him no notice. Societal expectations are that I listen, ignore and do nothing. Instead I spoke to some friends and found him someone to start work net week. In the meantime I'd offer a helping hand on my days off. This does turn the sh.. situation into something better.
        To quote Buddha "suffering is universal" but through good acts one can alleviate suffering from some. Try walking for a day and simply smile at people, see how many smile back :-D
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          Dec 1 2011: Commendable, my good man. You are correct, Ben. I have no quarrel with people being helpful to one onother, in fact I try to do it every so often. But, your idea is for 7,000,000,000 acts of kindness to be performed every day. I suspect that is already happening. Unfortunately, there are probably 21,000,000,000 acts of hurtful selfishness every day. I guess we differ on how to improve the world. You say grow the good. I say reduce the bad.
          I also appreciate the subtle word "everyrone" in your statement. It conjures up the idea that there are those among us for whom an act of kindness would me a first! And, who knows, maybe they would like the feeling that results. The bad would be reduced and the good grown!

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