Executive Director Bill Weisberg comments on the recent shooting in Pittsburgh
This weekend, I attended the new Tom Stoppard play, the Hard Problem, that ponders the nature of what it means, in the contemporary world, to be human - what is consciousness, and are goodness and morality an essential part of human nature? What motivates goodness or acts of kindness? It is difficult to consider these questions without concluding that there are complex factors that influence “good” behavior, including genetics and evolutionary pressures (we can be generous because it ultimately helps to propagate the gene pool), self-expression (it helps us define who we are), self-interest (we share so others share with us), and enjoying the approval from others for doing something good. It is this last cause of helpful, kind action that has stuck with me.