Curious About Kindness
Let your curiosity lead you’re learning as you explore and discover more about what altruism is, if exists, and whether it’s possible to exist at all with this curiosity based learning activity and reading from The Book of What If...?
Question: #WhatIf 🤔 society we’re truly altruistic?
Activity: Become a Secret Servant Agent. Spend an entire day doing nice things for other people (for example, make your sibling's bed, do the dishes, rake your neighbor's leaves, write a letter telling someone how awesome he or she is, etc.) but do them without anyone seeing you or knowing it was you. Can you be stealthy enough not to get caught? If you can, how do you feel after doing these things that were kind to someone else but gave you nothing in return?
Keep in Mind: Not everyone believes altruism exists or can exist; you might be one of those people. That's 100% ok! This activity should help you better understand altruism, whether it's possible, and if so, how it might work. Whether you think altruism is possible or impossible, keep an open mind during your time as a Secret Servant Agent so you can have evidence to support your opinion.
Deeper Learning: Are humans the only animals capable (or incapable) of altruism? See what you can discover in the plant and animal worlds about examples of plants or animals behaving altruistically. What can humans learn from you find?
Challenge: How many other people can you convince to become a Secret Servant Agent for a day? How would you go about convincing them to take time and make sacrifices for doing things for which they will receive no recognition or reward?
Curiosity Based Learning
The Book of What If...?
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