In colleges and universities it is taught that altruism is the reason why people and animals are are kind to each other. The definition of altruism is the belief in or practice of disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others.. It is no coincidence that altruism (i.e. sacrifice) is taught in many religious denominations and is the basis of political philosophies such as environmentalism and communism. Author Ayn Rand and philosopher correctly pointed out how evil altruism is and describes in the below interview clips why we should not put the needs of others above ourselves.