Altruistic value means the sense of impact or effectiveness of an action toward any and all consequences of that action that involve increase or decrease in the welfare of others.

Altruistic value can be positive or negative. You can be evil or good in your actions, whatever your intentions. I call negative altruism evil or anti-altruism.

The altruistic value of an action is relative to all actions considered options at a decision point. If you can take action A, action B, or action C, and they all have different consequences, then their altruistic values can be ranked against each other. In some circumstances, you can behave as altruistically as possible but fail to actually be good to others. You can even do so knowingly.

The altruistic value of an action is subjective in the sense that no objective standard exists and is universally accessible to decide for certain either the consequences of your actions or the change in other's well-being accompanying them. What you think has one set of consequences will differ from what others think and from what reality decides. The inevitable information gap between what you think an action causes and what it actually causes requires us to acknowledge that all judgements of altruism are subjective.

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