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QuestionWhy do we still believe more in nationality than in humanity? KatharinaD
Bill Joy: I think the desire and ability to empathize so strongly with your group, with your family and your group is evolutionary. The identification of us, our group versus the other groups, siding with our group is a way of ensuring our group’s survival. So behaviors that we’ve developed which identify with our group and the pathways in our thinking and our being that lead to such behavior are very strong. Identifying with humanity in a very abstract way is very difficult. I think learning other people’s stories, traveling the world to learn their stories and becoming aware of the world through literature and whatever way we learn about other places in the world, other cultures, makes us more sensitive. It’s when we group everyone together into an abstract concept like humanity that bad behaviors become more possible. So each of us is a member of many groups and I think we all benefit from tolerance of other groups and not identifying so strongly with whatever group we perceive ourselves as part of that we miss out on our common humanity.