According to a new study, just out, people from upper class backgrounds consistently display deficits in empathy, social engagement, generosity and sensitivity as compared to those from the lower classes.
The differences are so marked that it is often possible to judge one’s socio-economic class within 60 seconds of an encounter. Suppose a well-dressed matron says, “I have a luncheon engagement with a colleague.” And a man says, I”m off to Macdonald’s for a burger.” The difference is pretty clear.
According to Statistics Canada, in 2007, donors with annual incomes less than $20,000 gave an a verage of 1.6 of ther pre-tax earnings to charity compared to just o.5 per cent for donors with household incomes topping @100,000.
Are the poor more generous than the rich?
What do you think?