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  •  When I was very small and exactly at the (5+ / 0-)

    most imprintable in terms of moral development, my father said to me, "There is only one sin - to be consciously cruel to another person."

    I swear I am not making that up. And boom! I'm an altruist, irredeemably inculcated with empathy and compassion for the rest of my life.

    I'm saying that teaching altruism doesn't have to be all that difficult, because it can be defined as simply as my father defined it for me.

    “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” FDR

    by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 07:34:04 AM PDT

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    •  You were somehow "primed" for (2+ / 0-)
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      the lesson, and your dad said just the right thing to you at just the right time.

      My wife was raised by alcoholics and psychopaths who would have gleefully murdered the entire neighborhood for their amusement, yet somehow her innate altruism triumphed.

      I've had students raised by wonderful parents who turned out to be cruel little narcissists.

      For some, it doesn't have to be taught at all, for others, it is an extremely difficult lesson to impart.

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