In the Pilgrims Progress written by John Bunyan in 1678, the following story can be found. People thronged in hell were all extremely emaciated. They were utterly enervated because of starvation. However, the table, around which they were sitting, was full of delectable food. This situation was observed little bit more out of curiosity, only to find out that chopsticks one meter long were placed in front of them. They were all trying to put food in their months, but it was impossible to do so with such long chopsticks. This time, people in heaven were visited where they were enjoying a delicious meal. The food given to them was exactly the same as the one prepared for those in hell. The environment in heaven was identical to that in hell, but these people were behaving differently. Instead of trying to put food in their own mouths, they were putting food in each other’s mouths.
A human being is not entirely selfish who lives for his or her own sake. Every human being is a ‘Homo Sapiens Socio’ with reason, sensibility, and empathy. Human beings perceive happiness when they live not only for themselves, but also for others surrounding them. A shift in paradigm that everyone can contribute to creating a better society to live in through such altruistic lifestyle has become especially important today. This is the only way we can recover new social values and warm human sensibility in the era of digitalism with cold machine civilization and materialism.