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This is a somewhat cynical view, that seems to suggest that morality is usually dictated by convenience. However we see today many well-educated and/or rich people, who support socialist causes and parties, from which they are unlikely to benefit directly, and are quite likely to be harmed. Some notions of morality and of equality of all people can be seen in many ancient philosophies and religions, even though those may not have been the most convenient attitudes at those times. I recall that there was some recent research that indicated that even very young babies have strong feelings of what is fair and what is not. I think the notion of fairness also guides our choices and aspirations, and not just convenience.






we see today many well-educated and/or rich people, who support socialist causes and parties, from which they are unlikely to benefit directly, and are quite likely to be harmed.


In a democracy, publicly supporting policies that may personally harm your interests can very easily be a selfish thing. A well-off person can speak or even vote in favor of a tax raise, knowing full well that his/her support won’t decide the issue.
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