The rich, they are different

But we’re number 1!

Psychologist and social scientist Dacher Keltner says the rich really are different, and not in a good way: Their life experience makes them less empathetic, less altruistic, and generally more selfish.

In fact, he says, the philosophical battle over economics, taxes, debt ceilings and defaults that are now roiling the stock market is partly rooted in an upper class “ideology of self-interest.”

“We have now done 12 separate studies measuring empathy in every way imaginable, social behavior in every way, and some work on compassion and it’s the same story,” he said. “Lower class people just show more empathy, more prosocial behavior, more compassion, no matter how you look at it.”

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  1. As you go through life you have a lot of choices to make, and in order to get rich and stay rich, you have to make the choice that leads to money. The people who get rich are the ones who have chosen money over people, to give a gift or not, to go to work or stay home with your kids, whether or not to take the promotion and uproot your family, even who is suitable to marry.

    I never made the choices that led to money, and look where it got me. Two post graduate degrees and a lot of books but no career, job or pension.

    In “Twenty Years at Hull House” Jane Addams tells stories of the great generosity of the poor for one another. One immigrant woman would lend her only pair of shoes to her neighbor so the neighbor could go to work. A family took in an unemployed homeless man whose only claim on them was that he had once worked in the same shop as their dead son.

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