empathy

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Invisible Hand of the Market and Other Turbo Capitalist BS

Turbo capitalists are fond of quoting Adam Smith’s “Wealth of Nations,” while failing to read all of what he said. They cherry pick his “invisible hand” of the marketplace as sort of a transcendent religious doctrine proving that maximum profit at any cost benefits everyone. “Don’t try to regulate business! Don’t mess with the invisible … Continue reading

Are You an Empath?

On the scale of human empathy from Empath to Sociopath,  no doubt most humans inhabit the mountain in the middle. That is, most people can be caring and sensitive or selfish and conscienceless, as the occasion seems to require. I’ve always known I’m a bit strange and don’t fit snugly into the mountain in the … Continue reading

Human Kindness: Watch for 3 Minutes-Bet You’ll Smile!

Most of us are pretty nice folks. Sure, we all have our mean and selfish moments, but most of us, most of the time, value other living things-and somehow, that makes us smile. This short videos about humans helping ducks made me smile. To be perfectly honest, I may have gotten a bit wet-eyed before … Continue reading

Simple, Beautiful, Profound

I cannot say it better than this. Made by young human in Iraq.  

We Take Care of Each Other

Early this morning my grown daughter came into my bedroom, looking like something the cat dragged in. “Mommy!” she moaned. Mommy? I haven’t been called Mommy in 20 years. “I’m sick,” she said, laying her disheveled head on the foot of the bed. Four days of headache, vomiting and fever. I told her she had … Continue reading

The Beautiful Thing about Humans

We humans; neither angels nor devils but capable of being either. The news, of course, must tell us stories that are dramatic and negative, because undramatic and positive events are not news. I saw this rare positive story a few days ago from Australia. A woman had somehow got her leg caught under a train … Continue reading

Empathy: I feel you, my friend.

Admit it: If we demonstrated empathy for each other, it would be the end of war and injustice. Scientists say we are born with empathy, so what is wrong? If you have empathy (basically, I  feel you) you cannot imagine any human being who has none. Yet scientists tell us that four percent of the … Continue reading