Wednesday, October 06, 2010

On the Pitfalls of Charity | Psychology Today

On the Pitfalls of Charity | Psychology Today: "So, charity, empathy, and cooperation are in our genes. And yet charitable action, as personal habit, has some dubious, counterproductive features. First, our charitable impulse tends to be reactive, not proactive. We are good at responding to the disaster that has happened, not at preparing for the one yet to happen. How many of those who donated recently to Haiti's victims would have contributed similarly to an effort to bring Haiti's buildings up to code some years before the quake?"

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