If humans can find it in themselves to empathise more widely then their circle is extended; communication grows; ideas are shared; trade increases; and wars decline.Greta wrote:Some related thoughts after reading some of the above:
Is empathy for those outside of one's circle of any value, is it just something that bleeding hearts do to make themselves feel superior?
Can society find a way of rewarding the best contributors rather than the best gamers of the economic system?
As for the second question, it is political. At the moment might is right, and money is might. taxation can mitigate inequality, but the rich seem to have little respect for democracy, and the poor have seen their efforts dashed and have grown apathetic.
Had you asked that question 100 years ago, things would have seems more optimistic for the poor.