I've just read this very interesting article in the Guardian about Montaigne's insight into human nature that gets confirmed now by neuroscience.
"Four hundred years ago, the great French essayist recognized that our inbuilt capacity for sympathy depends on our physical proximity to others. Recent neurological research appears to back him up."
Very interesting that our morality is so tightly bound to the physical distance. It would indicate that despite what 'cyber utopians' believe we will not make the world better place cause we are connected more than ever. Internet doesn't get us any closer. Even though we feel we are so close, we are far away from each other and it influences our ability to feel sympathy and to fire the mirror neurons.
HT: Mark Earls