I have often wondered if it was human nature to be evil, flawed, and self centered. There are whole schools of thought based around the idea that people are selfish. There is a lot of evidence that says we are, by nature. What if that’s not true? What if we are only selfish as a product of our environment? Does this mean that we have created our own misery and that our natural evolution would have us be so much more peaceful and caring? What do you think?
See what the scientist has to say about Empathy.
I’m of the opinion that the old saying “out of sight, out of mind” is all too true. It’s easy to lose empathy for a guy you just fired if that means your family gets a little more food to eat. There is a fine line between empathy for a stranger and self benefit for yourself and your family. I think there is a lot of hope and truth in the video, but I still think that hundreds of years of human actions would prove that we are MOSTLY self/immediate family concerned when making decisions and less universally empathetic. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could expand our self centered view point and care about everyone enough to repress our selfishness though?
Imagine if we cared about the starving children in Africa as much as we did about our hungry son or daughter – I imagine that would be and immediate cure for world hunger, disease, and war. It’s a great thought.