Monday, September 29, 2008

Word of the Week #5

Ryan Kunis
M/W 12:00pm
Word #4
Word: Altruism

Hazards, Risks of Earthquakes and Volcanoes
By Abbott

"One effect is an increase in suicides, but another is an increase in altruism."

Definition: (Noun)
1. The principle or practice of unselfish concern for or devotion to the welfare of others.
2. Animal Behavior. Behavior by an animal that may be to its disadvantage but that benefits others of its kind, as a warning cry that reveals the location of the caller to a predator.
3. Unselfish concern for the welfare of others; selflessness.
4.Zoology Instinctive behavior that is detrimental to the individual but favors the survival or spread of that individual's genes, as by benefiting its relatives.

In honor and memory of Sam, a ceremony was held to recognize the altruism that he showed while saving several children from a burning bus.