The altruistic manifesto
TAKE THE A•TURN!
By altruism, we mean
the ability to give unconditional service to others based on the fundamental understanding that we are connected to them.
In almost everything we do and need, people depend on each other to lead qualitative and meaningful lives. Throughout its history, mankind has developed a unique talent for cooperation, which manifests itself in complex and far-reaching partnerships, both within and across communities.
From suffering to cooperation
At the same time, we see that there is a great deal of pain, fear and sorrow in the world as a result of poverty, exploitation, war, political and financial mess, depression, suicide... and this both on an individual and a collective level. Cause and effect cannot be so clearly distinguished in this incomplete list. So our inclination to cooperate does not a priori lead to 'a better world'. As long as it is not altruistically inspired, it can also create, perpetuate or intensify pain, fear and sorrow.
Strengthening our altruistic aptitude
Scientific research shows that children already exhibit altruistic behaviour at a very young age. They only learn to moderate this innate behaviour after social and cultural norms have been internalised. That is why we advocate consciously and actively harnessing our altruistic disposition and taking the step together towards a more altruistic society.
We believe that an altruistically inspired education can open the door to a global and revolutionary shift in human development towards greater empathy, selfless care and cooperation.
As human beings, we are not alone in our relationship with other humans. We are dependent on and intimately connected to our entire environment. From our egocentric perception of the world, we search for meaning and question our place in the cosmos. This is why we like to present human beings as homo relationis: from the earliest moment of conception, every human being is, consciously or unconsciously, in relationship with everything and everyone. In other words, he or she is always and everywhere connected.
When the reciprocity in all these connections is insufficiently or not at all sensed or understood as second nature, we feed our egocentric disposition. Political, cultural and economic systems that benefit from this either facilitate or perpetuate these processes.
As a result, people inflict untold suffering on themselves, on others and on the environment in which they live, at the risk of undermining the survival of all that lives and flourishes in it.
Our children are the adults of tomorrow. Through altruistic upbringing and education , we want to bring about a change in our mindset, a transformation in our way of thinking. After all, how we think determines how we speak and act. We strive for every child to become mentally and physically self-reliant, to come to self-knowledge and develop a strong, balanced and social personality, happy, in balance with itself, with others and with its environment.
However, focusing on the development of an unselfish mindset is just as important for the adult of today. This process can and must be set in motion on a broader scale within society, through education at home (from the earliest stages), through training and education (outside school, at and/or after work, during leisure time, etc.).
An altruistic effect
Every action, every initiative that is taken should have an altruistic effect , however small. This is both to optimise the quality of life of each individual and to initiate a broad and necessary process of recovery for the benefit of fauna and flora, and this from a deeply felt connection with nature as a whole and its rich biodiversity in particular.
Let us therefore take this turn as quickly as possible and with as many people as possible:
TAKE THE A•TURN!
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