Perhaps. I mean reward does not have to be monetary! Reward could be a pleasant feeling, feeling of superiority, or even a good addition to a resume.Quahom1 said:There are those who do things for others, yet receive no personal reward for those acts, unless you consider feeling "relief" from concern over another's welfare to be some sort of reward.
For example surving those who you consider great is a personal reward. Nobody would be a slave to a nobody. But if the Pope (or whoever famous such as a politician a sport or rock star) asked you to volunteer you would, because that is a reward for you.
There is nothing selfish about being altruist, as long as you are altruist. External motions mean NOTHING, a bank officer giving money - is he doing it out of altruistic intentions?I find nothing selfish or self serving from becoming concerned for another. In fact it seems to go against the very selfish nature of man.
This reminds me of a question as to why a person cries when someone dies.Do you consider wanting others to succeed, to be a selfish thought? Why do we cheer for the underdog when the underdog overcomes? Are we putting ourselves in their place, or are we just pleased to see them succeed?
All the world loves a winner, and adores they who refuse to give up regardless of the obstacles before them. We want them to win for their own sake. If by some chance we have the means to help them, then so be it. Alturists do not take inventory and declare "yep, they succeeded because of my contribution to their success". In fact I submit the true altruist does not even consider what impact (if any since that would be presumptuous and arrogant), they might have had.
World is full of suffering and impermanence, so much that death seems preferable to life.Why did people cry when Pope (or anyone else famous) died? I thought about this question and I got only one logical reason:
when you see someone else die, you unconsiously (or consiously) realise that the same fate will affect you, regardless of your status (rich or poor, janitor or CEO).
About cheering for winners and underdogs, maybe you do it because it conciously or unconsiosly reinforcing your egoism (if he can do it, so can I), or atleast it entertains you.
I would like to know if anyone can do this:
Work for no personal benefit which means following these (and maybe more)
a) No monetary compensation
b) No fame or recognision of anykind
c)No reference for the resume
d) Not for Kamma or some sort of post mortem reward
e) No kind of "feeling good"
f) not working for someone famous
g) Not because someone forces you
My humble 2 cents.