FAZ: What drives volunteers

“Man is considered to be an egoist: Adam Smith founded this assumption for the modern economic system, according to economist Peter Bofinger, for example. But why do people volunteer in the first place? As a youth councilor and former school paramedic in Bad Nauheim, I know the responsibility, but also the joy that comes with volunteering. Being good is a crucial part of being human in our socially bifurcated society. Why countless other people in Hesse are also motivated to volunteer and what that does to you is what the following lines are about.”

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Source: FAZ, 2021

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