On 8/21/2013 7:01 AM, chris peck wrote:
But, in any case, yes, our descendants will view some of our norms and values as troubling. Just as we do our ancestors. This is because there is a gentle creep away from barbarity rather than towards it.

But I don't think this is just a moral evolution. I think it is driven by technology. As societies become richer they become less competitive and insular and more compassionate and open. If global warming or running out of oil or some other widespread diminution of ease and wealth occurs there will likely be a corresponding diminution in empathy and compassion.


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