Being an effective altruistic person is a philosophy in itself and a social movement whose sole objective is to raise charitable donations of both money and time. Broadly speaking, it should be such that it encourages leading a way of life which does some good in the world.
Being an effective altruist is indeed exciting and advantageous in several ways. It gets one to think about ways that they can be of help to others while also push them to act in ways that benefits others. Though many people have the means to help others, they don’t end up contributing as much as they should. This could be because of the doubts regarding the extent of difference their contribution will make or maybe because they are unsure of where to invest their efforts.
Of course altruism and philanthropy are aspects that will garner strong support, but how do you decide what causes to support? This piece will highlight 4 practical ways that will show you how to be an effective altruist true to the cause.
- Refrain from supporting futile or hurtful causes
This is something that all altruists can agree upon as it is at the crux of effective altruism. We all can concur that wasteful and futile causes are bad from the word go and such charitable causes end up doing more harm than good anyway. The best thing to do is to completely avoid them, however we should keep in mind that there are many altruistic acts that do some good, although they might not be the best. Different people can come together and do their bit by contributing in different ways and as it is, diversity in such matters always proves to be worthwhile for several causes out there.
If you concentrate on just the best options available to you, it leaves little room for individualism and experimentation. Your choices can also annoy some people so put your best foot forward.
- Spread the love
If you really care about a cause and are passionate about it, encourage others to participate. If they are not as passionate as you are about the cause, then convince them to help in some alternate way. By spreading out the word and getting people to help, we can do so much more to make the world a better a place to live in.
Effective altruism takes root when you successfully inspire others to do some good in the world by being the torch-bearer and an effective teacher. A teacher should be recognised for the good that his students will do for a cause as they wouldn’t have done any of it if it wasn’t for their teacher who showed them the way. We can do good and spread love both directly and indirectly if we can inspire people and make them see the qualities that they have within themselves.
- Praise people generously for their efforts
If someone has taken the effort and is doing his best to support a cause and do something that matters, they deserve to be recognised and praised for their efforts. They need to be encouraged so that they continue doing what they do but with much vigour. Criticising people who are trying hard to do their part is not an ideal approach as it will do nothing but sow the seeds of discouragement. Criticism should only be imparted to people who fall way below the belt when compared to what majority of the people do to help those in need.
- Refrain from being overconfident
Altruism that is indeed effective will do it’s best over a period of time. The world is rife with uncertainty as one cannot predict what will be the best at a given time either in the present or the future. Being modest is essential when being faced with such uncertainty. Who would have predicted that the advent of mobile phones (now smart phones) will do so much good or what could possibly be the ultimate effect of the communications revolution on the world at large. So being grounded is the key.
We should be ready and willing to modify our goals when new evidence comes to light. A true altruist will always want to give it back to the world which is why many of them donate heftily to charities and causes that they care about. Using a free Will kit, you can now include clauses in your Will that will ensure that the charities receive what you wanted them to have all along.