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Why the Lack of Compassion?

A recent study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology might just explain why people seem to show compassion and empathy when they witness the suffering of single individuals or a few of them vs. a great number or a multitude of them.

For example, people tend to feel revulsion at the sight of someone abusing a pet, but react with indifference at the he large-scale industrial exploitation of billions of farmed animals. The two social psychologists from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, C. Daryl Cameron and B. Keith Payne that led the study, “Escaping Affect: How Motivated Emotion Regulation Creates Insensitivity to Mass Suffering," conclude that “large-scale tragedies in which the most victims are in need of help will ironically be the least likely to motivate helping.”

To learn more please visit Mass Animal Suffering and the Collapse of Compassion:

We need to take responsibility for our actions and their consequences. Each one of us, human or animal, is a creation of God, and therefore we share His/Her essence. When we harm any creature we are not honoring God and more importantly we are not following Christ’s teachings of compassion, mercy and love. The result is much suffering and pain for everyone, the ones causing it and the recipients of it. We all seek peace and love and an essential place to practice this is every time we sit down for a meal.

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