Altruism – give it a try?

“All things are already complete in oneself. There is no greater joy than to examine oneself and be sincere. When in one’s conduct one vigorously exercises altruism, humanity is not far to seek, but right by him.”

The Book of Mencius* bk. 7, pt. A, v. 4 (as found in the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations - #Dewey 082)

Two recent podcasts, both on the topic of altruism, inspired this book list/display, a slightly-tongue-in-cheek attempt at library-based social engineering. Explore #Dewey numbers 155.23(ish), 155.7, 171.8, 177.7, and 304.5 for more books on altruism, kindness, generosity, and the like – learn why it might be good for you as well as good for the world at large.

You can also listen to the podcasts behind the displays:

Freakonomics Radio: “Are the Rich Really Less Generous than the Poor?” (May 24, 2017) (psst – we also have the full range of Freakonomics books in “book book”, audio-, e-book, & DVD form – check the catalog)
TED Radio Hour: “Wired for Altruism” (May 26, 2017) (guess what – we’ve got TED Talks in book, eBook and audiobook as well)
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* We have Mencius (Chinese philosopher, 371-289 BC, also known as Meng-tzu) too: see, for example, Mencius: the Man and His Ideas by Albert Felix Verwilghen at #Dewey 181.1 – it is in the #stacks, but we are happy to fetch it for you – our own little act of altruism!


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