Please forward this error screen to host101. Giving alms to the poor is often considered an altruistic action. In an extreme case, altruism may become a synonym of selflessness which is the opposite of selfishness.
In a common way of living, it doesn’t deny the singular nature of the subject, but realizes the traits of the individual personality in relation to the others, with a true, direct and personal interaction with each of them. It is focusing both on a single person and the whole community. The word “altruism” was coined by the French philosopher Auguste Comte in French, as altruisme, for an antonym of egoism. Altruism can be distinguished from feelings of loyalty, in that whilst the latter is predicated upon social relationships, altruism does not consider relationships. Much debate exists as to whether “true” altruism is possible in human psychology.
The term altruism may also refer to an ethical doctrine that claims that individuals are morally obliged to benefit others. Used in this sense, it is usually contrasted with egoism, which claims individuals are morally obligated to serve themselves first. The concept has a long history in philosophical and ethical thought. Marcel Mauss’s book The Gift contains a passage called “Note on alms”.