Frans de Waal: Moral behavior in animals


We are all out for profit. Well, maybe not all of us, but the financial crisis, top manager’s boni discussions and banker’s lack of responsibilty might affirm this general and very cynical statement. Are we that competitve? Is everything just a power game and are we only driven by the hunger for victory? So why do we live in societies, groups and peers, and work as teams then, if everyting is about solitary winning? If everything is about losing or winning, why do we bother to reconcile and repair damaged relationships? Despite all the urge for competition, mother nature has provided us also with a mind set to play fair and good. Morality, as an independent referee. We like to play, we like to win, but we also like really good and tight games. Typically human, right? Frans de Waal shares some surprising videos of behavioral tests, on primates and other mammals, that show how many of the moral traits all of us share. Morality, as one of the main human characteristics may be not so human, or exclusively human after all.

Behavior worth sharing.

Header Image(s) fromĀ Pixabay & Gratisography

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