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The story of Timo surely shows that kindness is cost effective?
Great point. Is Kindness and evolutionary benefit?
Given half a chance people. are horrid to one another.
Given the other half of the same choice and they can be wonderfully kind…
The language of the consumer economy rather than the gift economy?
Good spot Rachel.
Do we frame this in terms of things to fight? Or things to seek?
So we might choose to fight inequalities or produce justice.
Personally I think we need to both undermine what is wrong and build what os right…
Some of us are motivated to fight – others to create… perhaps we can extend kinship to both and manage the impact of language on ourselves and others?
Hi Lucy – glad you made it in! I/we societies reminds me of Buber’s ideas of I and Thou relationships too, and a perspective that says, rather than having our own life, we participate in life. We all participate in the same life…
Martin Buber and what makes us ‘real’ to each other – https://www.brainpickings.org/2018/03/18/i-and-thou-martin-buber/
the value and effectiveness of such help, however technical or practical, has depended on the capacity of the helper to connect with the other personally. Everyone knows that help, whatever else it involves, is fundamentally relational and that good results emerge from the quality of the collaboration between the helpers and the people helped.
If this is true – where does that leave us with digital by default?
What is the role of algorithms, machine learning and AI IF the helping relationship is essentially one of mutual responsiveness?
I was struck by the need, or choice, of Government to use legislation to compel citizens to take on the formal responsibility for the welfare of each other.
Compelled into kindness?
Legislation gave powers to government to fund and organise welfare services. A sense of obligation or duty felt by those in power – times have changed…? Perhaps now we would look at devolving the responsibility for organising to more local organisations?
War also bought a recognition of the need for kinship…we needed each other…How can we re-establish this sense of mutuality?
The gap between the vision/sentiment and its execution. Perhaps we focus too much on implementation and not enough on visions and sentiments?
Inequality regional, global and within communities increased massively…