a feel for others

At a time when the richest 1% of Americans own more than the bottom 90% combined… upper-class individuals may tend to preserve and hold onto their wealth… lower-class individuals may give more of their resources away… which is exacerbating economic inequality in society.

The researchers also found evidence that the likelihood of executing other compassionate, generous tasks and behaviors might be explained by their higher concern for equality and empathy for others.

Though on the other end, when researchers provoked compassion in the higher-class participants, they were just as much — if not more — socially conscious as the lower-class participants.

And while we ponder the other end, I’m stunned, stunned I tell you, that police confirm a patient’s claim that her anus had been sewn shut by a midwife suspected of taking revenge during the patient’s labor because she failed to receive a good tip. [link]