Read this then compare it to reality. Do schools encourage alturism? Or do they beat it out of us at a young age.
My model for how school works can be illustrated with two maybe-strawman examples:
- Joe cares a bit about animals, he's vegan and posts about it on social media. His friend-group constantly congradulates themselves for saving the planet by being vegan.
- Joy cares a lot about animals, shes's vegan and donates her meager allowance to animal rights organizations. She plans on persuing a high-impact career aimed at reducing animal suffering. She doesn't social-signal as much as Joe.
I predict Joe that is popular and Joy is seen as a weirdo, the same thing happens to adults. It's weird to be seen caring about something! Dispassion is seen as a sign of maturity and intelligence.
Why highlight children? Because children can't change social groups as easily. An adult can move, go to EA meetups, etc. While most children cannot. Additionally, I believe children have higher "baseline caring" then adults do, meaning it's more a matter of protecting it then creating it.