Does true altruism exist? Are we selfishly motivated to help others simply because the benefits of helping behaviors outweigh the costs? Or is altruism possible when we feel empathy? Can we modify empathy in order to increase altruism? Does emotional music influence empathy?
“An individual has not begun to live until he can rise above the narrow horizons of his particular individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. Every person must decide, at some point, whether they will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. This is the judgment. Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., August 11, 1957