Why We Hate Inequality
We tend to prefer a world in which wealth is more evenly distributed, even if it means we have to get by with less. Jonah Lehrer says inequality is our original sin.
For thousands of years, we’ve seen ourselves as inherently selfish creatures, driven by our genes to maximize pleasure. This is our original sin: We care about ourselves first and foremost, which is why we despise taxes, turn a blind eye to the suffering of others, and, in general, struggle to live a just life. But these pessimistic assumptions are mostly wrong, or at least woefully incomplete. In recent years, psychologists and neuroscientists have begun dismantling this view of human behavior. We may not be altruistic angels, but neither are we depraved hominids. For instance, it turns out that people have a natural aversion to inequality.
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We take fewer mental pictures per second.
- Recent memories run in our brains like sped-up old movies.
- In childhood, we capture images in our memory much more quickly.
- The complexities of grownup neural pathways are no match for the direct routes of young brains.
It's not just a case of "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger."
- A new study suggests children who endure trauma grow up to be adults with more empathy than others.
- The effect is not universal, however. Only one kind of empathy was greatly effected.
It's one of the most consistent patterns in the unviverse. What causes it?
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