Can we all be Good Samaritans?

Since my recent post on Advent Conspiracy, I noticed TED had posted a video of Daniel Goleman speaking on the subject of compassionate consumerism. Goleman asks why aren't we more compassionate more of the time. Sharing the results of psychological experiments he explains how we are all born with the capacity for empathy -- but we sometimes choose to ignore it.

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I thought the video was very thought-provoking and I thought several things were particularly interesting: the thought that we do things sometimes for a narcassitic hit (which is very self-focused), the idea that we consume so much sometimes when we don't think of how it may be impacting others around us and the word he introduced "pizzle" (which should never be looked up in the dictionary, LoL).

About the speaker: Daniel Goleman, psychologist and award-winning author of the 1995 mega-best-seller Emotional Intelligence.
Filmed at the TED Conference. The Technology, Entertainment and Design Conference, held annually in Monterey, is a conference that now sells out a year in advance — and the content has expanded to include science, business, the arts and the global issues facing our world.

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