UW Sunday Column 12-28-14: Rod Lane from Helping Hands

Rod Lane: Giving beyond the bow

Rod LanePenn University scholars recently conducted a study to see where generosity and sharing come into play across species when it comes to survival and evolutionary progress. What they found was astonishing. The evidence showed that cooperation, empathy, generosity, reciprocity and mutual aid are natural and more common in nature than ever known before. In short, loving our neighbor is not just the nice thing to do, it is the most intelligent thing to do. There is a reason so many species travel in herds, swim in pods and live as families.

In our own species, nearly every faith tradition and wellness plan involves giving and sharing of ourselves with others. There is something mysteriously positive in the results of…

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