Wednesday, October 9, 2013
The Rich and Empathy
A long time ago, possibly over a year, I read a random story on Reddit of a guy and his few experiences when he was stranded on the side of the road. He was struck by the fact that over and over again he'd watch people blow past him, unwilling to help, until finally someone did. Who was it every time? A Mexican immigrant. It's an interesting and brief read. Check it out here.
Since reading that I have made extra effort to stop and help stranded people when I can. Maybe just one opportunity has arisen since then, but I try to keep my eye open. I've also done it in the past as well.
It struck me as true that the rich are less empathetic. There is research that indicates that this is true. This author in discussing this research talks about his own experience in Hyde Park in Chicago, and area that has a good mix of poor and rich. He says that when he walks home with loads of groceries it's always African Americans that go out of their way to help, and never the more wealthy people who he passes on the sidewalk.
Just an observation. If you are one of the lucky people with more money than average, try to be a different kind of richer person.
Edit: As food for thought, check David Koch's treatment of laborers that loaded his vans for his getaways he's involved in every weekend. Also Wal-Mart heiress and billionaire Alice Walton's treatment of the widower to the woman she struck and killed with her Porsche.