I was recently reading through a document entitled "The Affirmations of Humanism: A Statement of Principles" Which can be found here : http://www.secularhumanism.org/intro/affirmations.html I personally agree with about 99.9% of the statements in this document, but one thing stood out to me that gave me pause. The point is stated as follows: "We believe in the common moral decencies: altruism, integrity, honesty, truthfulness, responsibility. Humanist ethics is amenable to critical, rational guidance. There are normative standards that we discover together. Moral principles are tested by their consequences" Now, even this statement I agree with, except for one small detail, and that is the inclusion of the concept of altruism. To me altruism infers a type of selflessness, a concern for others to the point of negating the individual. I am strongly individualistic by nature, and can even say I am somewhat of an egoist (not egotist, these are very different). I am just curious what other humanists/free-thinkers/atheists in this forum think in regards to altruism. For or against?