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story 01-04-21 03:05 PM

Re: What is our obligation to share resources with society?
 
Really? I'm just wrapping up and he is arguing the exact opposite of that, in terms of the panoply of archaeology. If there's something more there I'm missing, so be it, but Bregman is also breaking down the Stanford experiment, the Milgrom experiments, the Kitty Genovese bystander effect, etc. and all the cases people typically use to show human nature is selfishness or indifference or a propensity to avoid doing the right thing.

Draven 01-04-21 03:29 PM

Re: What is our obligation to share resources with society?
 
Again, look at school children and how selfish they are with their toys and how the bigger and stronger ones just take what they want. Doesn't get much clearer than that about our inherent nature.

Vibiana 01-04-21 04:50 PM

Re: What is our obligation to share resources with society?
 

Originally Posted by Draven (Post 13868020)
Again, look at school children and how selfish they are with their toys and how the bigger and stronger ones just take what they want. Doesn't get much clearer than that about our inherent nature.

That's pretty much how I see it. We are, as popular etiquette columnist Judith Martin ("Miss Manners") drolly observed, "all born charming, fresh, and spontaneous, and must be civilized before we are fit to participate in society."

If you were to ask a small child to judge whether a given situation is "fair," most will measure it by whether they gain from it, in other words, "fair" is the equivalent of "me first." Pleas for fairness from someone who will only deem something fair if it favors him or her ring a little false. The current (but soon to be blessedly gone) resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is providing all of us with an eagle-eye view of such a protestation at present. :)

We are not born knowing how to get along with other people. Civilization has not always been, well, civilized. :D In some places, it still isn't.

bryce0lynch 01-07-21 01:57 PM

Re: What is our obligation to share resources with society?
 
I would suggest that it is because we are not fully conscious until later in life. The trajectory of society is a more just and verdant world. Rational people make decisions to help others, and the vast majority of us are rational. The outliers (negative personality types?) just get more successful because they DONT follow that trend, and are more visible because of it.



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