Sociology research shows that the idea that society is less caring is not true, but changing values (for example the fact that Australians are less religious) make kindness a less visible point of community discussion. Most Australians think kindness is important, and two-thirds helped a stranger in the past month.
My post shows how we can use social science research on kindness to improve social policies. Sociology uses the idea of “an ethic of care” to show that kindness and empathy should inform all social relationships, including public issues managed by the law (the latter is known as an “ethic of justice” and stands in contrast to the ethic of care). An ethic of care says that it’s important that society and its institutions look after the emotional and socioeconomic needs of all individuals with the same level of kindness we show our friends and family members.
Read more on my blog: http://buff.ly/17t09DO