How Not to Be Alone

Psychologists who study empathy and compassion are finding that unlike our almost instantaneous responses to physical pain, it takes time for the brain to comprehend the psychological and moral dimensions of a situation. The more distracted we become, and the more emphasis we place on speed at the expense of depth, the less likely and able we are to care.

A short opinion piece by Jonathan Safran Foer for nytimes.com Sunday Review, via 37signals.