There are many temptations to organize our life around the experience of earlier trauma. But that may short-change the future—which starts by our envisioning something better.
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According to Dan Dennett (author of Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon), answering the question cui bono (who benefits?) helps us understand how certain behavior patterns evolved. I've been obsessed most of my life trying to understand behavior in exactly this fashion, by figuring out who benefits. I am particularly interested in who benefits when we engage in moral behavior. Hopefully my thoughts in this blog will contribute to our understanding of behavior in terms of who benefits, and that in the end readers will benefit from my blog posts.