Altruism is impossible. But altruism can be attempted ... and always leads to destruction. Where did such a mass-suicidal idea come from?

Sometime in the early 1800s the French philosopher Auguste Comte (1798-1857) invented and marketed a hitherto unknown concept which he called "altruism," by which he intended to mean "unselfish concern for the welfare of others; selflessness; self-sacrifice as a virtue."

Not long thereafter, Karl Marx came up with the basic socialist slogan "take from each according to his ability, and give to each according to his need." Since then, those who call themselves "liberal-progressives" have used the concept of altruism to lay guilt trips on freedom advocates and justify forcing heavy-handed socialist government programs on everyone. The liberal-progressive reasoning? If altruism is good, then why not force everyone to appear altruistic?

To one's logical mind the contradiction in the definition of altruism is so obvious that one wonders why the idea survived so long. You cannot fail to act in your own interest as you perceive your own interest. If you honestly feel it is good to concern yourself with the welfare of others, then the welfare of others is, by definition, your selfish interest.

"Altruism is impossible to man - impossible by the whole nature of the universe. Altruism is death and destruction." -Ayn Rand (in a letter to Robert Spencer Carr, science fiction writer)

If you are truly interested in fully understanding the destructiveness of altruism, read the following article: "Just Say 'No!' to Altruism!"

Meanwhile, Jesus Christ assures us He made no sacrifice and asks none of us:

"You who believe that sacrifice IS love, must learn that sacrifice is separation FROM love. For sacrifice brings guilt, as surely as love brings peace. Guilt is the CONDITION of sacrifice, as peace is the condition for the awareness of your relationship with God. So is it that, in all your seeking for love, YOU SEEK FOR SACRIFICE, and FIND it. Yet you find NOT love. For it is impossible to DENY what love IS, and still recognize it." -Jesus Christ in A Course in Miracles