What Makes Us Care?

Why do so many people grieve the destruction of a building more than they would grieve the death of children? Why are they considerably more prepared to donate money towards the restoration of a damaged building than they would be to give money to feed the hungry?

These are straight questions and I do not wish to imply any moral worth in them. It would be hypocritical of me to do so as, although I don't give a tinker's cuss about Notre Dame Cathedral, I do cry uncontrollably when confronted with a sad story about a dog whilst I can shrug off with an "Oh, how awful" the deaths of thousands of human beings in a tsunami or during an act of genocide.

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