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  •  I recommend Steven Pinker's book: (3+ / 0-)
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    jamess, Garrett, cany

    The Better Angels of our Nature. He discusses the decrease in violence over the past few centuries and the growth in empathy.

    It is unlikely that most people 400 years ago would have felt more than a passing pang on hearing about something like the CT shootings. There were routine massacres in this country- usually of Native Americans or blacks, but also immigrant groups- and almost nobody seemed to mind. If you didn't know anyone involved, you didn't waste any time grieving.

    That has changed. We are almost all aware of our interconnectedness. John Donne would not have bothered to wnite his essay about "no man is an island" today- the sentiment would have been vapid.

    There is hope for us: the pain that we feel is evidence that we are growing as a people.

    •  it seems (2+ / 0-)
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      Garrett, Andrew F Cockburn

      there must be some "adaptive advantage"

      of "caring for our neighbors," instead of "hating them."

      Bringing an end to long standing "tribal" feuds for one.

      Thanks  Andrew F Cockburn for the comments, and the book rec,
      I'll have to look for it.  Sounds insightful.

      Isn't it time to fix the Filibuster?
      -- Here's how.

      by jamess on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 03:30:59 PM PST

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