Against Empathy

Paul Bloom, psychologist and Yale professor, argues that empathy is a bad thing—that it makes the world worse. While we’ve been taught that putting yourself in another’s shoes cultivates compassion, it actually blinds you to the long-term consequences of your actions.

Where are the world’s happiest countries?


Denmark and Switzerland were closely followed by Iceland, Norway and Finland, according to the World Happiness Report Update 2016.

As for the Arab world, no surprises:

28. United Arab Emirates
34. Saudi Arabia
36. Qatar
38. Algeria
41. Kuwait
42. Bahrain
67. Libya
76. Somalia
80. Jordan
90. Morocco
93. Lebanon
98. Tunisia
108. Palestine (Occupation state of Israel rank 11)
112. Iraq
120. Egypt
130. Mauritania
133. Sudan
147. Yemen
156. Syria