A profound experience that I have had that has raised my social consciousness and given me motive to be altruistic was a movie that I watched in high school called Darius Goes West. At the time of the movie, Darius Weems was a fifteen-year-old with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy who travelled across America with his best friends in the hopes that MTV would pimp out his wheelchair like they do in the show Pimp My Ride. I watched this movie in a psychology class, and the whole class was so moved by the film that we got an assembly time approved at the end of the day so that the whole school could watch the film. It helped raise awareness of this disease and the hardships involved with being in a wheelchair.
When I think of altruism, this film comes to my mind because of the loving friends that Darius had. They travelled across the country with him and took him to all the places in the world that he wanted to see. They even helped him take his first swim in the Pacific Ocean. Through the help of his friends and various other people they meet along the way, it is touching to see how much people really do want to help. And they don’t want to help out just to be on TV; they actually want to help this boy get the most out of his life and show him that he really can still enjoy life even though he is bound to a wheelchair.
I think that altruism persists because of people’s values. Most people feel in their hearts that it is important to help each other out for no self gain. Maybe not everyone feels that way, but I think that most do. Even if it is a small gesture, I think it is still considered altruistic. To me it doesn’t have to mean trying to save the world; it just means being nice to people and helping them out in whatever way possible. To me, the fact that altruism can be great or small is how it persists. It just takes a little bit of effort.