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Are hardwired to care for only our own tribe?


Compassion fatique may overcome us when we regularly see images of suffering people we don't know personally, but when it comes to 'kith and kin' we seem to have endless reserves. We feel empathy much more stronger when the people involved are just like us. Humans are social animals and empthy and sympathy are honed for survival. It is all about preservation: of the self, the genes adn the social group in which we and our genes are embedded.

 

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