‘Icon Torch Flashlight’ Android application – an example of altruism worth making a note of

Wikipedia has two separate articles on the subject Altruism; the first article is titled 'Altruism' ¹ and the second is titled 'Altruism (Ethics)' ². At the time of writing this post the first sentence in Wikipedia article about Altruism states “Altruism is the principle and moral practice of concern for happiness of other human beings, resulting in a quality of life both material and spiritual.” ¹ In a capitalist competitive society, generally speaking, it is not common for people to act with an unselfish regard to others.

However in the fraternity of computer programmers (includes; software engineers, app developers, and coders) altruism is a common practice. They contribute immense amount of technology and intellectual property to society in the form of open source software, computer programs, and smartphone applications. In a blog post on OpenSource.com Jeremy Kahn says “I see open source as a civic duty, a moral obligation to the rest of the world.” ³

No matter how small, all acts of altruism deserve the appreciation from the community that benefits from those actions.

Google Play Store offers a small (merely 27 kilobytes) free flashlight application called 'Icon Torch Flashlight.’ ⁴ This app is developed by Aleksandr Balaev. At the time of writing this post the application has received 4.9 rating on play store for 4,150 reviews. The excellent ratings and reviews seem to be stemming out of the advertisement free application’s efficiency, simplicity, and effectiveness. The effort to develop Icon Torch – Flashlight application seems to be driven by altruism, and should be appreciated for the same.


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¹ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altruism

¹ https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RTvDsOivqFveaWa4wPTTfvgMA7y6zzXo/view?usp=sharing

² https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altruism_(ethics)

³ https://opensource.com/life/13/8/open-source-civic-duty




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