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War for Kindness

    CARING FOR TOMORROW: “Touching the past can connect us to the future, especially when we look back fondly,” says Stanford University’s Jamil Zaki


    “Empathy evolved as one of humans’ vital survival skills. It is only through our foray into the modern world that we have lost touch with our evolutionary empathy,” states Jamil Zaki. “Deeply empathic people tend to be environmentally responsible, but our caring instincts are short-sighted and dissolve across space and time, making it harder for us to deal with things that haven’t happened yet. Gratitude toward the past might empower us to help those who come after — a kind of golden rule across time.”

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