As I said before it's pretty complicated, but imo education does not instantly equal empathy. Or (just as important) compassion. There was that experiment game in the Curtis doc The Trap where the safest play was to fuck over your fellow players. They tried it out on their low level secretaries and found that instead of wanting to win, the overall instinct was to cooperate with each other. There were further examples of this nature in there, like a huge game of pong in a big conference hall. What's interesting is that at the lower echelons of existence you can often find a lot more comraderie, cooperation and altruism between humans who have nothing. And I find that often the cleverer you get, the more likely you are to become detached from your feelings, start to see life as a game to play at the expense of others, whether for entertainment, gain or status.I think moral lapses are universal. Let's not forget that to millions (billions?) of other people worldwide WE'RE part of the richest class enjoying our luxuries while they starve. And I don't think about that for more than a few seconds, most days.
Morality is about empathy, isn't it, and there are so many ways we can have empathy blunted or cut off. Comparatively the percentage of people who can turn it off face to face and violently attack someone is pretty low. Intelligence might have something to do with this capacity, but I doubt there's a direct link. Success (financial, political, etc.) may very well be linked to capacity to shut off empathy.
Pinker argues that peoples circle of empathy has expanded with education - most of us naturally feel it for our family and friends and need to make an effort to feel it for people on the other side of the world (though there are techniques to bridge that gap, e.g. Oxfam adverts on TV.)
It was also reported that the Queen has cancelled a planned 60th birthday party for Andrew in February and has downsized it to a small family gathering. Buckingham Palace declined to comment.
I thought this was about Kubez briefly when I saw it this morningI mean, it's great how everyone is having a laugh about what a dick he is, but what about some fucking prosecution, pronto?
did this... really happen?The historian Alice Echols claims that the culmination of the 60s occurred at the infamous Rainbow Ricochet soiree on May 8, 1967. And indeed, it's difficult to combat any party (let alone that epic bacchanal) that found Timothy Leary, Otis Redding, Abbie Hoffman, Betty Friedan, Stanley Kubrick, Twinkle and the newly appointed U.S. Secretary of Transportation Alan Boyd hovering (literally, according to some eyewitnesses) around a punch bowl that packed enough wallop to send eleven attendees home in body bags.