chapter  22
Serving.Your.Community.as . Teacher.and.Student
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Introduction In 1830, philosopher Auguste Comte defined the term “altruism” as the act of selflessly caring for others without a concern for self. All of the major world religions promote altruism as a very important moral value. Altruism was central to the teachings of Jesus found in the Gospel. “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). One of the duties of a Muslim is care for the needy. The Buddist’s Dharma teaches that the path to enlightenment is simple-stop cherishing yourself and learn to cherish others.