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Bean

Amidst the all-consuming commodification of Everything™, so much talk of values has become trite.

But it would require an even more rapacious assault on our humanity to erase some fundamental values — values which are obviously beneficial for both individuals and societies.

Compassion — empathy plus action — must surely be the foundation of our values, if we value such things as cooperation, peace, freedom, justice, happiness… And now, as we are beginning to realise, if we value life itself.