THE child who learns caring and compassion for others enhances not just her own life experience but all others around her.
If true, this suggests that the acquisition of a higher moral state could eventually change the world.
An example of this quintessential spiritual state is found in The Key to Theosophy, where Mme. Blavatsky insists that “altruism is an integral part of self-development.”
If a selfish, self-serving worldview were in fact the prevailing sentiment, then no one would ever care about starving children, the sick or elderly, or animal abuse. For such, helping to heal a stressed planet, homelessness, and poverty, would not be on their to-do list.
If life is ultimately purposeless, because we are “nothing but a pack of neurons” in the brain—then altruism would hold little importance for us. Only what we can grab for ourselves ‘now’ has any meaning.