The idea of the thread came from the behavior of a girl in my class.
The willingness to help people / being nice with them etc. is usually percieved as an altruist deed, and is considered virtuous in most communities. What about people who help not for the sake of 'helping' (aiding others because of empathy or kinship), but driven by their own selfish need for being loved or feeling that they're indispensable, because they lack any other qualities to stand out of the masses?
The outcome is the same, but do you judge them differently? Is there a need for different judgements? Do you see this as a selfish act? Are you able to isolate these two cases of helpfulness?
I personally find this social phenomenon a little repulsive, and by no means honorable. What about you?