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The Heart of Altruism

            Why do some people act to promote someone else's welfare, even at a risk or cost to themselves, why are they disinterested and selfless for the wellbeing of others? Some individuals are willing to sacrifice themselves to do actions that go far beyond the scope of ordinary, and are directed, in some sense, to benefit large groups of people, such as a nation and country. In some way this condition is called heroism or altruism. It can occur unintentionally, spontaneously, when an individual does not realize or has no intention to allow certain consequences. Did the heroine of France Joan of Arc intend to become a hero when she struggled against English domination? Did French and Armenian singer Charles Aznavour have the intention to become an Armenian hero when concentrated his effort on eliminating the consequences of the 1988 earthquake? Did Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize recipient, have the purpose of becoming a hero by the price of her life when she criticized the Taliban? Did Vanessa Woods, the writer of Bonobo Handshake and Paul Rusesabagina, the manager of the Diplomat Hotel Rwanda, by the cost of their and their lovers lives acted for human welfare, think about heroism? The answer is no. They did it because they loved, they valued and wanted to protect something that is called motherland, country, nation, people, family, children, nature, and peace.
             Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "There is a power in love that our world has not discovered yet. Jesus discovered [a power in love] centuries ago. Mahatma Gandhi of India discovered [a power in love] a few years ago, but most men and most women never discover it". Woods and Rusesabagina discovered the power in love for what they are willing to sacrifice even their lives. What does it mean for Woods and Rusesabagina to truly love another person or part of nature, to love so much that feel responsible for them and go through many trials.

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