samhill wrote:it's sad that many seem to just not care.
Where have all the flowers gone?
They're blowing in the wind my friend.
Like the wind and gravity which we can't see we also can't see why people do what they do. We opened up the Lyndon Johnson playbook and got the Great Society and after spending trillions things got worse. The depression years were better in terms of rational behaviour of the population. Why?
To have compassion and empathy are fine and laudable, but understanding is what counts. Instead of feeling we need learning.
This is a quote from Konrad Lorenz after speaking to his professor.
"He drew my attention to the fact that my findings contradicted, with equal violence, the opinions held by the vitalistic or "instinctivistic" school of MacDougall and those of the mechanistic or behavioristic school of Watson. Bühler made me read the most important books of both schools, thereby inflicting upon me a shattering disillusionment: none of these people knew animals, none of them was an expert. I felt crushed by the amount of work still undone and obviously devolving on a new branch of science which, I felt, was my responsibility"
He won a Nobel Prize and did form a new branch of science called Ethology.
If you would like to learn something about aggression he wrote a book called "On Aggression". With all the lives and treasure lost it's time to wake up to the fact we might be operating with flawed information about human behaviour.