People who are hard-wired to show empathy and kindness do so even in the face of a threatening or untrustworthy world.
What makes people behave kindly? Is it the result of having been nurtured in an environment of love and kindness that makes you more likely to treat others the same way? Or perhaps personal experiences of threat and deprivation make you more attuned to the suffering of others? Or maybe it’s just a matter of genes?
As with so many human tendencies, displays of kindness are likely to be influenced by both environment and genes
By MAIA SZALAVITZ