Author: Ivan Cauchi

Human nature is inherently complex. We have traits that accentuate the differences between our own personal needs and wants and those of others. We also maintain other forms of disposition that stress societal affinities and what we all have in common. The relative strength of these two contending strands is significantly and constantly influenced by the dominant culture in which we are nurtured. Unfortunately, modern culture is somewhat lopsided. It feeds our selfish tendencies, encouraging whole generations to raise personal stakes almost to narcissistic levels: top grades, prominent careers, extravagant salaries and desirable partners. This culture of striving has been…

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