Recently I published an eZine with an RSA Animate which illustrated how important the value of empathy was to the development of a more peaceful society: http://bit.ly/dbLV3u
I observed that up until September 11 empathy was increasing as a priority in society: http://bit.ly/c1OL37, then it started decreasing.
I postulated that the reason for the reduction in the priority on this value since September 11 was the profound global worldview shift we observed at this watershed in civilisation's history. Within a few days of writing the eZine I saw a presentation from the renowned neuroscientist, Baroness Susan Greenfield, http://bit.ly/bETI1b, on the future of the brain. Susan gives another explanation, due to the impact of modern technology, for the decline in the importance of empathy.
Most likely both of these factors are causing the decrease in the priority on empathy. What do you think?