When I say that the first thing that might pop into your head is that how can you be so selfish not to help others in need. That is not what I am saying, I am simply asking why. In “Walden”,Thoreau is asking the same question. Thoreau does not wan’t people to help him, he wants to do things on his own. “If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life…” Thoreau must think that since he does not wan’t or need help, he should not help others because they might not wan’t help. You might think that that is selfish but if you think about why people are philanthropic it is not. Although philanthropy is to help others people truly do it to feel good about themselves. If you ask almost anybody that is helping another person they will say that they get a good felling doing it. So really they are helping themselves feel good as well. Now I am not saying that you should not help people, in fact I think just about the opposite of that. It is vary important to help people in need and some times it is not about the feeling that you get but rather just doing the right thing. The point that I am trying to make is that don’t call people selfish when they don't help others in need by donating or volunteering because most likely you are doing it some for your self as well.