We all belong to a collective, evolutionary process in which we, like the ants, work together to build our community and preserve the species.
The Enlightenment view of autonomous human subjects is built into the law, so the criminal justice system floats on myths and superstitions.
“You have to grow tougher skin, Carol,” my colleague told me when I invited him to lunch and asked for his advice on a church matter. I inhaled deeply. That was the same response I heard repeatedly for the first ten years of my pastorate. Whenever I got frustrated, well-meaning friends and colleagues would tell me that I needed to miraculously grow some sort of Teflon epidermis.
Our brains are wired to allow us to read each other's minds, to feel each other's person.