Can money distract us from acting with the understanding and interest of others at heart? It seems so, according to recent research documented in “The Money-Empathy Gap”* http://nymag.com/news/features/money-brain-2012-7/index3.html
“Distract” because we are not counting on or valuing interdependence, or better, mutuality. We are defending our wealth, independence, and individual talent. Yet, $ enables so much of what we do, independently and together. It can’t be all bad, can it?
In many ways, the undercurrent of this American election season is about independence vs mutuality, the former bouyed by the currency of $, the latter enabled by the currency of empathy. I believe the answer lies in a system which values and counts both rather than tries to dig in on one side or the other.
Why? The most innovative organizations I know create economic abundance AND mutuality/inclusion, which reinforce each other. I will share more about how in future posts. In the meantime, what do you think: is it possible and productive to value the currency of $ AND the currency of empathy?