Monday, June 05, 2017

Popularity and health; is openness to more range in interpersonal relationships a real moral question?


In the New York Times Sunday Review, Mitch Prinstein, who has urged full transgender acceptance in other columns, writes (p. 10), “Popular people live longer”. He has an interesting theory, sounding speculative, that humans without reciprocal social interdependence are more prone to inflammatory diseases as a survival mechanism.  This view may not recognize the physiology of true introverts, who don’t experience the same need for popularity or group ratification. This may be like comparing the socialization of dogs to that of cats – both very successful animals.
 
This manga (Danganronpa?) may quarrel with the article.



Then Sheyll Cashin writes “Interracial love is saving America”, invoking the 2016 film “Loving”.  Is openness to a personal relationship with a person of a different race (“hetero-race-uality”) something that can become a moral expectation of individuals?  Or does this stay in the abstract, political area.

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