An Embarrassment of Riches: Wealthy People Lack Empathy, Ethics

Extreme wealth – and the technology afforded to most Americans these days – have left us with a dearth of empathy and ethics. But what can be done about it?


America is in the midst of an empathy crisis, driven by multiple factors. First, there’s the obvious: increased anonymous use of the Internet allows a lack of empathy to thrive, not to mention the fact that even close friends and family members interact more on social media than they do in real life these days. Humans don’t see each other’s faces the way we used to. We aren’t in the same room when we communicate. We do more typing than we do talking, and as Louis C.K. so brilliantly pointed out recently, that lack of physical communication can lead to disastrous results.