Interesting article: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/02/op...R_AP_LO_MST_FB
A few things which stood out to me:
The bolded are things I suggested in another thread not too long ago. It was based on my personal theories & observations, but I'm not surprised to see these findings.A professor at Princeton found that our brains sometimes process images of people who are poor or homeless as if they were not humans but things.
Likewise, psychology experiments suggest that affluence may erode compassion. When research subjects are asked to imagine great wealth, or just look at a computer screen saver with money, they become less inclined to share or help others. That may be why the poorest 20 percent of Americans give away a larger share of their incomes than the wealthiest 20 percent.
A Pew survey this year found that a majority of Republicans, and almost one-third of Democrats, believe that if a person is poor the main reason is “lack of effort on his or her part.”
What do you think about the "compassion gap"?
True? False? Justifiable? Why or why not?