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Thank Goddess it's Freya's Day!

I just read an article about recent research indicating that the altruistic impulse emerges as early as 18 months. As the hopelessly smitten godmother of a beautiful toddler, I could have told them that. Since before she turned one, she has been in the habit of giving us her bottles, her "babies" and anything else nice that makes her happy, and in her sweet little mind, would obviously make us happy too. She's kind to her doggies, she laughs and smiles at everything, she trustingly lifts her arms to us to be picked up.

Maybe the world makes people hard and ugly later on, but I know, as plain truth, that at least some people are born good.

Why am I so sunny and optimistic today? Shame on you! You should be asking why so often I am not.

The sun is up, the sky is blue, it's beautiful, and so are you.

Possibly good news to be reported soon!

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moonlit_page
Mar. 3rd, 2006 09:38 pm (UTC)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4766490.stm


Just today they came out with an article about inherent altruism in humans. What gets me is how the scientists say other animals (besides chimps) don't exhibit altruism. What about the dolphins that save drowning humans and fend off sharks? Or the elephants that protect humans from man-eating lions? How about the dogs that run into burning buildings to save babies? Or the barn cats that defend *other* cats' kittens from aggressive toms? Selfless acts of service are all over the place, you just have to look. And when you find them, doesn't the world seem, for all its suffering and confusion, to be a beautiful, magical place?

Empathy is my proof of soul. Empathy says -- I feel you, b/c we are all connected. How? How are we collective? Our souls fit, like puzzle pieces, that's how. Empathy is the ability to take yourself out of your individual experience for five seconds and see the whole. Empathy prompts altruism, and if there was ever proof needed of goodness in this universe, there it is--in the immediate, innate, unthinking reaction of a child to help a stranger out.

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