Altruism. It just is. For me, altruism is the foremost value in my life. It just turned out that way. Reflection revealed altruism to be the most recurring theme for me.
I could describe altruism as a value that encompasses all other values, however I hold no such delusion. It is possible that altruism consists of gratitude, care and love in the sense that altruism may concern creating a good experience for another person. The same could be said for sex. Even awareness (of other’s feelings) could be considered altruistic. Will, if related to the will to help others, could be altruistic. And verisimilitude, if it were applied to the appreciation of another’s truthfulness, could also be altruistic.
With enough acumen and wordsmithing, it may be possible to include every imaginable value under the umbrella of altruism. But I doubt it. And let me remind you that I hold no notion of altruism as the end-all, be-all of value. As I said, it just turned out to be that way for me. I think every person’s one-word response to the question is subjective, legitimate and true. After all, the question calls for your unique reply.
And I don’t deny that altruism is self-serving. An act of altruism is its own reward for the protagonist, a warm feeling of satisfaction. Maybe satisfaction is the value I should have used!
Finally, common sense says that I have written way too much here. Unfortunately for the weary reader, this has been my one-word answer.