Empathy makes us human -- and it's in decline
The scientist Frans de Waal calls empathy the foundation of morality. But evidence suggests that empathy is losing ground in the Western world. People are withholding it from those with whom they disagree. This has consequences for social harmony, global affairs, democracy and well-being. Michael's guests are Sara Konrath (konn-rath) director of the Interdisciplinary Program on Empathy and Altruism Research at Indiana University, and Fritz Breithaupt (brite-how) author of The Dark Sides of Empathy.