What is the value of altruistic services in Hizmet movement?

Fethullah Gülen

The presence of altruistic action in the public domain can disclose the existence of hidden dilemmas deeply embedded in the structures and operation of complex societies. Altruism involves putting the interests of others above one’s own interests; it demonstrates that people are not inevitably driven by only evident and immediate or even long-term or undefined self-interest. That fact signals the persistence in complex societies of human needs and demands which cannot be reduced to bureaucratic routines and politics.

Altruistic action invites us to seek change and to assume responsibility. It gives individuals a voice in society and a means to bring issues to light; it enables individuals and the public to make a space for difference and to reinforce solidarity for societal peace and cohesion.

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