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apolla92 asked: How are people capable of hurting others simply because of a difference in ideologies despite all the biological mechanisms (i.e. mirror neurons) that help us relate to others? Has our present society affected our capacity to empathize? Also, in general which is more influential on the human mind: empathy or hatred/violence?
These are very difficult questions to answer, but our minds are built for more than just empathy, and hatred and violence are also born out of structures that are meant for strengthening social bonds and creating healthy communities.
We evolved in small groups, kinda like little human herds, and these herds functioned best when there were tight connections within the herd. That means human brains are built to value in-group empathy over out-of-group empathy. It also means that we’re built to respect and follow authority figures if they are consistent in our lives. The herd needs structure and support, and that comes at a cost when interacting with other herds, especially when there was competition for resources that could mean the difference between your child living or dying.
Hatred is generally born in fear, fear of disruption of something someone cares about, whether that’s the purity of their country, their loyalty to a certain group of people, or a belief that the world is great as it is and it is being corrupted by others.
So the real question is, what is stronger, empathy or fear? Unfortunately, fear is, which is why we have to fight it not only in ourselves, but in the world,. We do this by making the world a more stable place where there is less to be afraid of. Also by turning off 24 hour news channels.
#fear is the mind killer, fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration#