Thanks SB for the Ted’s blog reference “6 studies on how money affects the mind”.In this 2013 presentation social psychologist Paul Piff gives us 6 Findings ,
1 WE RATIONALIZE ADVANTAGE BY CONVINCING OURSELVES WE DESERVE IT.2 PEOPLE WHO MAKE LESS ARE MORE GENEROUS…ON THE SMALL SCALE.3 PEOPLE WHO MAKE LESS ARE MORE GENEROUS …ON THE LARGE SCALE.4.RICH PEOPLE ARE MORE LIKELY TO IGNORE PEDESTRIANS. 5 POVERTY IMPEDES COGNITIVE FUNCTION. 6 THOSE WITH LESS ARE BETTER AT READING FACIAL EXPRESSIONS.
The last item is an indicator of emotional intelligence, no doubt linked to survival and having empathic capability as a major component.Number 5 indicates the unequal access playing field that poverty engenders.Dr Piff ends on an optimistic note indicating that empathic responses can be increased by learning,notably through voluntary exposure to enabling experiences and examples. This leaves us with the problem of what would induce the wealthy to expose themselves to the “corrective experience”?Leaving God out of the equation gives us only the style setting proclivities of leadership.Thus the importance of the ballot box and democratic access thereto emerges powerfully once again!