I know we’re out of this unit, but its been bugging me a little.
There is no altruism. It doesn’t even make sense on the most basic level. Egoism is by definition doing an act in self interest. Where confusion starts is when an act of good is committed without obvious personal gain, we call that altruism, but it is not. If you disagree just bear with me for a little while. Or feel free to argue, I like that too.
Also sorry about the oddly worded sentences, it was tricky sounding natural while using the same words so many times in a sentence.
Anything you do is fueled by a desire to do it. Even if you’d rather not, or you dread the idea, the very fact that do it is proof that your desire to do so was greater than your hesitation. Every thing you do is fulfilling your want to do it. This is almost imperceptible, the desires that drive us, and deciding any particular situation can become fairly muddy with details. For example there are positive and negative considerations around picking up someones pencil, but in the end, if you did it, its because your drive to do so was great enough.
By this logic, every action is the product of our own interests. Altruism is selfless, and that simply doesn’t make sense.