Altruism, Volunteering, Philanthropy and Society
After the 1960s, social capital in America began to decline.
This wouldn’t be such a bad
thing if it fluctuated a bit, or just stopped declining in general.
However, it seems that this
decline in social capital continues to progress, and it is unknown when this progression will
Changes in social capital has affected so many things including political participation,
civic participation, religious participation, connections in the workplace, informal social
connections, reciprocity, honesty, and trust.
The most disturbing trend in civic engagement is,
however, the decline in altruism, volunteering and philanthropy.
It seems that altruism, volunteering, and philanthropy is becoming quite rare these days.
It is so important to have much altruism, volunteering, philanthropy in the world.
It seems that
people are generally selfish these days, coming up with excuses as to why they can even donate a
few moments of time for a better cause than television.
Social capital used to be a folkway
American society, and acts of altruism just aren’t one of society’s main values
If only they
could see how many lives can be changed by a simple act of altruism.
There are so many
benefits, not only for the ones receiving the service, but also for those performing that wonderful
act of service.
Those involved in an act of altruism, volunteering, or philanthropy initially
establish more formal relationships
, and if the person performing these acts is not doing it just
because of a status
they would like to gain, but doing it because they sincerely want to help
others, then those formal relationship flourish into informal relationships
Because of this overall
decline in social capital, and in turn, the decline in altruism, volunteers, and philanthropy many
other things have been affected negatively as well, like education, children’s welfare, health,