Evolution and Altruism Reaction Paper

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Lastima, Jonnaphril P. January 29, 2013
BS Home Economics HE 101 – Evolution and Altruism

In reaction to the part about J.L. Mackie’s argument of naming the real life Suckers as the “Christian” and calling Jesus as an example of such: I think that he failed in citing the right example. It’s either he misunderstood Jesus or he misunderstood complete altruism. But I won’t blame him if he incurred such misunderstanding since it has been stated that the Man Jesus is both a lamb and lion. In the context of Jesus being a lamb, I think one will really get a picture of what complete altruism is – one willing to lay down his life even for ones who are utterly undeserving. However, looking at just that side of the person is missing the entire person. Because Jesus also talked about being a Judge and it can easily be seen how he is against most of the religious leaders of his time even calling them vipers. And considering the claim Jesus made that He is God, I’d like to take note that the God He is referring to be is a God of both justice and grace. Saying that the extreme altruist substitutes the Golden Rule, “If you want the other fellow to scratch your back, you scratch his – even if he won’t reciprocate,” I think is stated out of a very important factor (considering that we’re still talking about Christians and Jesus being the Suckers) – love (and with it comes faith). It’s noted that instead of the negative “Don’t do unto others what you don’t want others to do unto you,” Jesus told his disciples a positive statement, “Do unto others what you want others do unto you.” This doesn’t simply imply “even if they won’t reciprocate,” but “even if they don’t reciprocate immediately.” The positive stated Golden rule is rooted in having faith on a person’s goodness, and with that, one is to initiate doing good. It’s not just about doing good for goodness sake nor just for the immediate benefit of another person but for him or her to...
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