albion hystuna

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If we are a social species based on COLLABORATION. Why once we have the power , our empathic behavior (tend to) change?

Why the wealth distributtion on our planet earth is UNFAIR .
By unfair , mean , a low group 2% of people are extremely rich and the other 98% work very hard to get a single house.

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    Apr 7 2013: .My answer:

    We falsely think
    we have enough "power" already
    to survive without symbiosis.

    (For details, see the 1st article, points 7-8, at
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    Apr 13 2013: Mainly due to Cognitive Dissonance, and the power of "Rationalization" we all have. (And how we sometimes associate "power" with various Identities.)
    And that it is all about "POWER" rather, due to the illusion of "Natural Happiness".
    Basically these psychological effects may help you :

    Definition of Evil in this case as :
    "the exercise of power to intentionally harm physically or psychologically, destroy or commit crimes against humanity."

    The seven slippery slopes to Evil (found from social Psychology!)

    1 Mindlessly taking the first step
    2 Dehumanisation of others (degrading acts, loss of dignity and autonomy)
    3 De-individuation of self (anonymity, uniformed, masked)
    4 Diffusion of personal responsibility (group 'gang' mentality)
    5 Blind obedience to authority ('We just followed our orders' re: Nuremberg Trials)
    6 Uncritical conformity to group norms (going with the flow)
    7 Passive tolerance of evil through inaction or indifference ('Nothing to do with me.')


    The "Theory of Cognitive Dissonance" may help you :
    Which is where : "when your actions (for example you kill someone) and beliefs (I’m a good guy) are in dissonance you will make up some justification (The guy I killed was evil) to make you feel better."

    And from Behavioural Economics :
    - Conflicts of Interest
    - Will Power Depletion ((or your emotional state, e.g Tired))
    - Altruistic Cheating
    - Dishonesty and Creativity (their correlated.)
    - The Contagious Nature of Cheating (A bit like conformity!)

    These are reasons, any man (or woman) can commit Evil.

    In answer to your question, well because :

    Our capacity for rationalization and self-deception (due to external stimuli) allows us to cheat + commit evil a little (sometimes a lot) while nonetheless hanging on to the view that we are good people. So you have probably had some power in your life, and committed evil.

    And ask yourself : Was any of the above happening to you at the time?

    Hope I'v helped, and not got too side tracked!
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    Apr 11 2013: hello, Albion :)
    i think it's naive to assume that 'collaborative' means or relates to more 'emphatic'.
    collaborative automatically refers to how much empathy we do/don't share.
    emphatic behavior doesn't just change, rather enhance or diminish.
    i think that once we have power, over a situation, a person, or as status -
    we want to keep it and sometimes preserve it for the ones we are close to.
    the benefits are usually huge, in regard to the losses, so we want keep it close and less share it.
    i think it's only natural to start measuring this sharing/empathy.
    it does not mean that "our emphatic behavior (tend to) change", but more over it is bound to be enhanced towards the ones closest to us, family/social group/culture/religion wise.
    we wish to benefit the ones we see fit.

    the question of who is 'fit', how do we decide that and why - is, to my opinion, a question of personal values.
    we differ from each other and tend to clam up in groups-of-likeness.
    nature. not just human nature.

    it is important to say it out laud, in order to start opening ourselves... not to wait for boiling water to wake us.

    glad you brought this subject alive.
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    Apr 9 2013: A collaborative relationship would be a give and take situation and unfortunately powerful people have a lot more to give. They can only give so much and with nothing in return, least of all gratitude , they’re bound to be less empathetic, even towards genuine need.
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    Apr 8 2013: There's a difference between business and influencing the buyer through laws. I'm in agreement with most of today, that we have been gadgetized forcing most of us to think "power" is an essential. Is it? I've bought one gadget in the last 2 years a part from buying a big old clunky desktop and for a time was in the need for power madness. Those in the businesses of gadgets will extoll the necessities of their wares but this is normal when one criticizes a persons money maker.

    Attack the need to be online and then ask people why or why online so much? and see what type bites, the stronger the response generally states how involved they are unless it's purely for business.
  • Apr 8 2013: Maybe but Bill Gates and Warren Buffett and others seem to be trying. I could write the old Everytime you use everytime you are wrong, but i won't but I did.
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    Apr 7 2013: I tend to believe the 1% is empathetic. My mother is part of the 1%, and she gives $40,000 a year to charity.
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    Apr 7 2013: Why would you acquiesce your happiness to someone else?

    Why would you let the media tell you what to think?
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      Apr 8 2013: Firsly , nobody said nothing about happiness,
      Sccondly the question is ,
      why our beaviour is related so closly with power ? and how we can learn from this.
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        Apr 8 2013: You were talking about unfairness which I interpret as unhappiness.

        You act as though the 2% don't contribute anything to the world. That is patently false.