I was thinking this weekend on empathy and how it relates to other books we have read this year in english.
As I reflected I remembered that in Macbeth and in Lord of the Flies, the author portayed man as being instinctively savage, something very opposite from empathy. You also see this being portayed through out history in events such as the holocaust. But now, as I read a Whole New Mind, Pink says that, on page 159, "It (empathy) is something we do pretty much spontaniously, an act of instinct rather than the product of deliberation."
It is very contradictory and I was wondering what you guys thought!!
Thanks for your input.