H/t Rosa Rubicondior, a scientific research paper discusses experiments indicating that we humans are not the only ones who have an ethic of helping out strangers in need: Bonobos respond prosocially toward members of other groups by Jingzhi Tan, Dan Ariely and Brian Hare. It’s an amazing read. A Bonobo stops doing something that’s “fun” when it sees a complete stranger (another Bonobo from no other community it knows) who is unable to get food and not only stops play, but goes to considerable effort to get the food to that needy stranger. And there’s no reward. It appears to know the commandments of Zeus, Allah, Yahweh and Jesus Christ and obeys them out of unselfish love.
Beware, Humans. If you don’t pull your socks up God will forsake you and go to the Bonobos who are more worthy!
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One thought on “Go to the Bonobo, thou Sinner, and learn how to love the stranger and be a Good Samaritan”
I find the expression, “Good Samaritan” extremely grating. It’s morally equivalent to “Good Negro” and surprising that any black person who recognizes the fact upholds the Bible.