Does this explanation explain why people can be so cruel to each other?
Many prominent researchers have, ironically used the survival of the fittest concept to measure how separate we humans are from animals. In the animal world, there is no question that the fit survive, however, among humans; this exclusive motivation can be incredibly destructive. More recently researchers have found that humans are hardwired to cooperate with each other and to look out for each other.
Researchers at Emory University found that very young children as young as 16 months want to cooperate with others and want to be fair with them. Some researchers feel that this is an indication of an innate, human preference for cooperating and not a learned behavior. In addition, the same research found that being nice to others really lights up the MRI machine when measuring the pleasure associated with treating others well. While most of us don't need research results to know that treating others well really feels good, why we don't do it more often is another question. One thing that I am sure of is that people like the fine young man that I met last week are an inspiration to us all. Maybe because they remind us that being nice really does matter. Remember, all kids count.
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