Old 12-22-2015, 11:54 PM   #1
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What good is it to care about the feelings or welfare of other people? It is obviously something that any group of people needs to be cohesive, but for an individual with no group, in a society as large as ours, what good is caring about other people?
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it's part of social and economical progression, we survive better as a species if we care about each other. also it's good for making friends
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it's part of social and economical progression, we survive better as a species if we care about each other. also it's good for making friends

You didnt get the question.
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Taking the time to care and be considerate of other people is a form of social investment. By caring about others and their feelings towards someone, you increase the chance that you'll be pleased with the actions the other person does to/for you. If you randomly decide to tell your waitress that she's a fat and ugly, then you should expect to have very poor/slow service for the rest of the night.

In a long-term investment sense, caring about people allows you to easily make friends and build good, long-standing rapports with people. That way, when you need help, you have a network of people you can fall back on.

Anyways, this only answers the question: "Why should we care or pretend to care about other people?" As for why one should genuinely care, that's a bit harder to answer.
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you didn't ask the right question
Nice 30 second replies. Think about it brah
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You bring up the most pointless of questions that it isn't worth any persons time to answer, especially if you're going to ridicule the answers given.

The answer is humanity.
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What good is it to care about the feelings or welfare of other people? It is obviously something that any group of people needs to be cohesive, but for an individual with no group, in a society as large as ours, what good is caring about other people?
I think we still need other people now, but I don't think you need to care about those people. Don't sociopaths and stuff have more money and power?

Sounds like a crappy way to live though. Ask anyone else what a meaningful life is to them and they'll likely say it would have to include contributing to the greater good.
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Why should I care about this thread is the better question
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Human interaction is often give and take and when you care about other people you would get the same or similar in return, and have warm fuzzy feeling in side etc but if you really don't care about all that it's never enforced by law or anything anyway so the answer is you don't need to. If you only care about other people just to get those benefits though, that kinda also makes you a sociopath but really who cares
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First of all, "why" questions are really hard to answer:



The answer to your question depends entirely on how far you want to take it and what you're already assuming to be true.

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I believe that caring about other people comes down to a want & need basis, whether it be love, attention, opinion, or requirement of teamwork in other tasks. But how much a singular person cares about other people is solely dependent on how much they'd be willing to care in a first place. Such as, a person who sits at their computer every day and plays video games may have a relatively low number of other people they care about, but a person who works as the boss of a company may care about a ton of people, to both make sure they get work they care about done, the money they care about in their pocket, and the care they have towards the dedication of how much value they can create.

You can assign a value to anything in this sense, and I believe it's been talked about at one time or another on these forums. It depends on the person and the position that they're in to care about said people. If someone has depression their interpretation of self-care and the amount that others care about them can be skewed, or underestimated. If someone is outgoing, or self-centered, their self-care and the amount that others care about them can be skewed in the opposite direction.

To be fair, the more I think about the question, the more I think that it shouldn't be a why should we statement, but more along the lines of a why do/don't we statement, because why should we suggests that there is some sort of social law that requires people to do so, when the short answer to that, is there isn't. There are people that care only about themselves, and there are people that care about the world and the planet.
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If we define caring to be a feeling of concern or interest, caring about another serves the purpose of motivating actions to pursue that interest, whether it be actively preserving another's well-being, or conversing with them to gain more information. Both ultimately result in you identifying what their needs are so that you can provide for them, or at least see whether you would provide. This leads to the question: Why would one give to another? (By giving I mean interacting with someone in a way that may be perceived as providing something)

In a strictly selfish sense, giving is a social contract implying quid pro quo. Doing this acknowledges that one lives in a world of inequity, where goods (in the most general sense) have different value to different people, and that someone else could do something that you could not. Then there's morality, religion, philosophy... plenty of things could motivate someone to care, and then to give.
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Yeah, another thing that is intriguing to think about is that someone may care about others in the sense of giving stuff to them or forming tight relations with others in order to get something out of them that you would otherwise not be able to, or be able to ask them of something that you normally would not be able to unless you spent the time forming a strong bond of care between you and them, and acknowledging each other's worth & care equally, for most cases, but not all.
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