| Love and Altruism in Development |
In our personal relationship, when we respect the other's uniqueness and individuality, we are both more able to give ourselves to a relationship. And in so doing, we find that we don't give up ourselves but instead, through giving, become more rather than less. Rather than losing what is essentially mine, I gain by its exposure and confrontation.
This principle of giving in order to receive also applies to managers and institutions. The technocratic community has to overcome it's ego-centric "what's in it for our own strategic interest ?" attitudes in order to develop the kind of relationship to the world that will ultimately bring sustainable global and local well-being for all. Such emergence to a state of caring and sharing beyond the immediate "strategic interest/ profit/ PR" system, to the larger "We" of the world community, will create more rather than less. Essential is that every human should be assured a social and basic needs minimum.
One should come to understand the interconnectedness among all human beings everywhere. It is possible to extend a feeling of security, well-being, fulfillment and human unity beyond the personal boundaries. We can share with others the fruits of our personal creativity and cooperate toward
creating a saner and more humane world.
Inspired by: The couple's journey, intimacy as a path to wholeness, Susan Campbell Ph.D. , 1980