Chuck McDowell’s Desire to Help & Protect Others Who Have Been Taken Advantage of in The Timeshare Industry: True Altruism
Protecting and helping who and what we love is easy. This is something that comes naturally. Whether we are doing a simple act or grand gesture, if it’s for someone we know, we’re more than likely to do it. But what about strangers or people we don’t know? Again, whether it is a simple act or grand gesture, the tune may change a bit when we are helping others that we may not directly know. So, the question that begs to be answered is this: Why do we help others? Is it some genetic predisposition that gives the desire to help others, particularly people who we do not know? Or is it something we’re taught growing up? Why do we feel the need to help people that we do not know at all? It makes sense for people to possess the desire to help people that they do know. But when we observe the basic biological reason as to why we would help a stranger sometimes it makes us wonder.
Is it altruistic? According to Merriam-Webster, one of the definitions of altruism is, “behavior by an animal that is not beneficial to or may be harmful to itself but that benefits others of its species.” We humans are animals. At times we do things that may not necessarily help us but may help others. In addition, sometimes we may put our own welfare at risk for others. Not only our physical welfare, but also our reputation or financial welfare, the list goes on. We are willing to do things for people and animals we don’t know. What is it that makes us do things for altruistic purposes?
What made Chuck McDowell, our CEO & President, decide to help others when his own reputation and financial welfare was put at risk with a lawsuit? Being sued by a large corporation from the timeshare industry because you decide that said corporation isn’t doing right by its customers is altruistic. That is what happened to Chuck McDowell. Taking a stand against such corporations to help those taken advantage of is going beyond what is expected.
Altruism & Its Multifaceted Ways
When we investigate altruism, there appears to be several ways in which it is expressed. One of the more interesting aspects of altruism is where does it come from? This topic interests so many so, that there are numerous articles written on the subject matter. One online article in Psychology Today took an interesting approach to altruism and the reason as to why humans may be inclined to do good to others. What made Scrooge suddenly become a good person and help Tiny Tim’s family? Certainly, we don’t all have epic tales involving ghosts to encourage us to do the right thing to others. So, what is it that makes us all tick in the direction of do-gooders? What is in the genetic make-up of leaders like Chuck McDowell?
In Dr. Steve Taylor’s article in Psychology Today, “Why Do Human Beings Do Good Things? The Puzzle of Altruism”, Dr. Taylor discerns the different types of altruism. He takes a look at egoic altruism and pure altruism. In his section discussing egoic altruism, Dr. Taylor observes how many try to downplay altruism with different theories that explain why people are really doing something because it truly benefits them in one way or another. In a clever way, Dr. Taylor shows why these theories and their theorists might be mistaken. Dr. Taylor states, “What all these explanations have in common is that they are really attempts to explain away altruism. They remind me of my attempts to excuse my indolence when my wife comes home and finds that I haven’t done the DIY jobs I promised to. They’re attempts to make excuses for altruism: ‘Please excuse my kindness, but I was really just trying to look good in the eyes of other people.’ ‘Sorry for helping you, but it’s a trait I picked up from my ancestors thousands of years ago, and I just can’t seem to get rid of it.’” (Taylor, 2013). This funny and clever chestnut is a kind prod at those who don’t seem to appreciate or understand altruism for what it really is.
In a lovely fashion, Dr. Tyler brings to light the interconnectedness of all humans and how that may have something to with altruism. “And I believe that empathy is the root of all pure altruism. Sometimes empathy is described as a cognitive ability to see the world through another person’s eyes, but I think it’s actually much more than that. In my view, the capacity for empathy shows that, in essence, all human beings – and in fact all living beings—are interconnected. At some deep level, we are expressions of the same consciousness.” (Tyler, 2013).
Tyler describes pure altruism as something that is directly tied with empathy. As a matter of fact, he calls empathy “the root of all pure altruism”, and then shows us how the ability to be empathetic might have more to do with something much more profound and meaningful. The ability to fully understand others point of view is an underrated quality. Chuck McDowell certainly possesses the empathy, and that has enabled him to be the leader of Wesley Financial Group; which is a leader itself in the timeshare advocacy industry.
Chuck McDowell’s Desire to Help Others
There came a point in Chuck McDowell’s career in the timeshare industry where he noticed things were happening that he didn’t agree with. He found himself helping people he didn’t know all that well because it was the right thing to do. As a result, he was faced with a lawsuit against those who didn’t like what he was doing. Was it altruism? You can decide whether you consider it altruism or not. No matter what you decide, there’s no denying that Chuck McDowell decided to stand up for what was right. He decided to help and try to protect those who were not family to him. People that he didn’t know all that well. That is what he still does today. As President and CEO of Wesley Financial Group, Chuck McDowell leads the company in helping people who have been taken advantage of in the timeshare industry.
If you are in a quandary with a timeshare, don’t hesitate to contact our offices. With a free consultation, we can see whether we will be able to help you in your situation. Just as our President and CEO Chuck McDowell did and still does, we aim to do as well – to help and protect others. Life has an interesting way of working things out. Maybe altruism is based on a deep and profound interconnectedness we all share, maybe it isn’t. Either way, it isn’t a profound thing to help another human being. It should be something we all aspire to in our day-to-day living. At Wesley Financial Group, we certainly aspire each and every day to do just that.
Tyler, Steve. (October 18, 2013). Why Do Human Beings Do Good Things? The Puzzle of Altruism. www.psychologytoday.com, https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/out-the-darkness/201310/why-do-human-beings-do-good-things-the-puzzle-altruismTY