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From the Ted Talk by Abigail Marsh: Why some people are more altruistic than others

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So what's at the root of all these amazing changes? In part it seems to be increases in wealth and saradndts of living. As societies become wealthier and better off, ppeole seem to turn their fucos of attention outward, and as a result, all kinds of altruism towards strangers ieacnerss, from volunteering to charitable donations and even autilirtsc kndeiy donations. But all of these changes also yield a sgnrtae and paradoxical result, which is that even as the world is becoming a better and more huamne place, which it is, there's a very common perception that it's becoming worse and more cruel, which it's not. And I don't know exactly why this is, but I think it may be that we now just know so much more about the suffering of strangers in distant places, and so we now care a lot more about the suffering of those dnatsit strangers. But what's clear is the kinds of changes we're seeing show that the roots of altruism and compassion are just as much a part of human nature as cruelty and violence, maybe even more so, and while some people do seem to be inherently more sensitive to the suffering of distant others, I really believe that the ability to remove oneself from the center of the circle and expand the circle of cioaossmpn owrtuad to include even strangers is within reach for almost everyone.

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So what's at the root of all these amazing changes? In part it seems to be increases in wealth and _________ of living. As societies become wealthier and better off, ______ seem to turn their _____ of attention outward, and as a result, all kinds of altruism towards strangers _________, from volunteering to charitable donations and even __________ ______ donations. But all of these changes also yield a _______ and paradoxical result, which is that even as the world is becoming a better and more ______ place, which it is, there's a very common perception that it's becoming worse and more cruel, which it's not. And I don't know exactly why this is, but I think it may be that we now just know so much more about the suffering of strangers in distant places, and so we now care a lot more about the suffering of those _______ strangers. But what's clear is the kinds of changes we're seeing show that the roots of altruism and compassion are just as much a part of human nature as cruelty and violence, maybe even more so, and while some people do seem to be inherently more sensitive to the suffering of distant others, I really believe that the ability to remove oneself from the center of the circle and expand the circle of __________ _______ to include even strangers is within reach for almost everyone.

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  2. strange
  3. people
  4. outward
  5. distant
  6. focus
  7. standards
  8. humane
  9. increases
  10. altruistic
  11. kidney

Original Text

So what's at the root of all these amazing changes? In part it seems to be increases in wealth and standards of living. As societies become wealthier and better off, people seem to turn their focus of attention outward, and as a result, all kinds of altruism towards strangers increases, from volunteering to charitable donations and even altruistic kidney donations. But all of these changes also yield a strange and paradoxical result, which is that even as the world is becoming a better and more humane place, which it is, there's a very common perception that it's becoming worse and more cruel, which it's not. And I don't know exactly why this is, but I think it may be that we now just know so much more about the suffering of strangers in distant places, and so we now care a lot more about the suffering of those distant strangers. But what's clear is the kinds of changes we're seeing show that the roots of altruism and compassion are just as much a part of human nature as cruelty and violence, maybe even more so, and while some people do seem to be inherently more sensitive to the suffering of distant others, I really believe that the ability to remove oneself from the center of the circle and expand the circle of compassion outward to include even strangers is within reach for almost everyone.

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