posted on Jan, 12 2013 @ 07:37 AM
Its not that people are evil its just that most people only really have compassion on limited scales. Its part of the human mental make up.
A small scale tragedy like the recent school massacre generates more raw emotion than the starvation of many tens of thousands because its small
enough in scale to wrap our individual minds around and empathise with. Small scale suffering triggers an emotional response within people, mass
suffering does not, especially if its remote.
Its emotional responses that make people sacrifice, take immediate action.
When these are absent it reduces the larger problems to an intellectual consideration. When thought about like that people realise they cannot fix the
problems causing starvation in the third world and it gets filed in the 'ignore - too difficult' section of the brain.