If we humans didn’t cooperate with one another, we couldn’t survive. Not being particularly strong or fast, with poor eyesight and hearing relative to other creatures, and with jaws and teeth too weak to do much good at tearing, it is a wonder that we are the top animals in today’s world.
The best explanation for human’s extraordinary dominance is that we work together and take advantage of what others do. Together we are stronger, more clever than any one can be alone and collectively we have thrived as a species.
What holds us together is empathy, the emotional
basis that underlies human communities.
What holds us together is empathy, the emotional basis that underlies human communities. But if empathy is a strong part of human nature, why then is it that we kill one another with regularity and periodically go to war?
by Arthur Dobrin