posted on Feb, 25 2010 @ 01:11 PM
I would disagree that the idea of considering and caring for other people, or even strangers, is new.
I'd say the opposite is true that over the last 30-40 years we have become more self-serving and insular.
Before consumerism and the idea of being personally 'successful' become the rage people were far more community conscious. We hardly know our
The media had created an atmosphere of fear in our communities due to it's sensationalizing of the news (which makes it appear to be more of an issue
than it really is). We didn't used to fear strangers on the street. Before media created stereotypes we couldn't tell who to be fearful of.
'Liberalism' we have now maybe a new thing in our generation, or the last few generations, in America, but it's not new to our history, and in some
countries it's how they live. Go to the far east sometime, and you'll see a huge difference in community.
I also think that we are paranoid, and believe in God etc., through conditioning not natural Human traits. If there wasn't someone, e.g. the media,
telling us to fear God, or whatever, we wouldn't care less.
Maybe thousands of years ago when were still ignorant, but certainly not in recent history. If there wasn't a Bible we would have no concept of Hell
to have fear about.
It's Human manipulation in society, for their own benefits, that create the fear and divisions in our communities. This is why we ended up with a
government and 'state system' (the control of one class of people by another).
It's not Human nature, it's human exploitation and coercion.