altruism

Film

Pay it Forward (2000)

Directed by Mimi Leder

For anyone with an ounce of idealism, or any fond memories of singing "Pass It On," Pay It Forward offers some morally powerful moments, at least at the beginning. It opens with a facially scarred teacher, Gene Simonet, directing his students to come up with a plan to change the world.

Books

Help wanted

A mere two years after publishing an absorbing study of anger, Garret Keizer has produced a probing work on an even thornier subject. Is help, as Keizer asserts, the original human dilemma? Was Eve only trying to help Adam when she offered him that piece of fruit?