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Are we capable of creating the global empathetic civilization?

I was fascinated a year or so ago to watch a YouTube vid from the The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) called «The Empathetic Civilization» (link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7AWnfFRc7g ) featuring a lecture by American economist Jeremy Rifkin. The gist of the message seemed to be that the human brain is softwired to be empathetic, and that history has been gradually expanding the scope of human empaty as civilization develops from close blood ties via regious groups to national identities, and even beyond.

What seems to be the problem? We have the knowledge and technology to communicate, identify and empathize with the whole of humanity, or even with the entire Biosphere – why can't we take the next step?

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    Nov 26 2012: Yes indeed Steven, I absolutely believe that we are capable of creating a global empathetic community. The first step to creating anything, is to believe that it is possible:>)

    The human brain is growing, evolving, and we humans are realizing that we can think, feel, and make informed decisions. This evolution will make it more difficult to have control and power over other human beings, and it will serve as incentive for us to work together. As you insightfully mention, we have the knowledge and technology to communicate, identify and empathize with the whole of humanity.

    You ask..."why can't we take the next step"? Some of us ARE taking the next step, and some folks are locked in an old paradigm, which holds them hostage. Change is difficult for some people, and it seems like those who believe they have some power or control over others are less willing to take the next step toward contributing to a global community.

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