29 May 2012

The Empathetic Civilization

This video (via CD) covers a recurring theme in this blog (and political economy), i.e., how well we do as a society depends on how much we care about each other. Although there are many useful ways to "incentivize compassion" (i.e., the Invisible Hand), it doesn't hurt to actually CARE about people. (It's even more important in this Anthropocene Age, where our actions -- good and bad -- change the world we live in.)

1 comment:

  1. I'm concerned that the broader our empathetic horizon stretches, the more abstract it might become. Couldn't the broadening that Rifkin is talking about water down our empathy in general?

    Not that it's exactly apropos but this made me think of Dunbar's number, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunbar's_number
    Or, for the fun version, the Monkeysphere, http://www.cracked.com/article_14990_what-monkeysphere.html


Read this first!

Make sure you copy your comment before submitting because sometimes the system will malfunction and you will lose your comment.

Spam will be deleted.

Comments on older posts must be approved (do not submit twice).

If you're having problems posting, email your comment to me