"(...) human beings are, in the words of an article in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, “spectacularly unusual when compared to other animals”. This refers to our astonishing degree of #altruism (...) We have been induced by politicians, economists and journalists to accept a vicious ideology of extreme competition and individualism that (...)encourages us to fear and mistrust each other"
We are altruists by nature, don't let the capitalist elite tell you otherwise.
@Antanicus this rings true, but also has limits. see Dunbar's Number. I think friendly competition between tight knit cooperative communities is a nice sweet spot for us until we can expand our cognitive and empathic abilities with cybernetics
@xj9 congratulations, you just summarised how commoning works :) If you want to know more, here's an in-deep primer on the subject: https://www.tni.org/files/publication-downloads/commons_transition_and_p2p_primer_v9.pdf
I will repeatatly boost this, until everyone in the fediverse has read it!!!
@Antanicus It's not the capitalists who mocked George HW Bush for his 1K points of light but the socialists who believe that, left to their own devices, humans wouldn't help each other. Socialists, lovers of authoritarian state power to force everyone into their vision for the ideal society, are the ones who peddle this tripe, not capitalists. Just as they do with identity politics.
@Antanicus I think if you polled a group of confirmed capitalists and a group of confirmed socialists, the former would agree with your statement about altruism and the latter would explain how you're wrong and how the state should mediate the problems of the selfish human nature.