As a pig farmer, I live an unethical life shrouded in the justificatory trappings of social acceptance. What I do is wrong, in spite of its acceptance by nearly 95 percent of the American population. I know it in my bones.
How do we deal with a virus? Large organisms like humans only became possible when they evolved immune systems. Similarly, elaborate culture of a modern human kind seems to require the existence of some mechanism for filtering out bad behaviors.
What we do for the next 20 years, from now to 2030, will begin to create the template for the future; and what happens between now and 2050 will be a crucial period for establishing these patterns of change and getting them in place to serve for the long run.
At the heart of humanity is a sometimes sweet, sometimes not-so-sweet narcissism that makes it almost impossible for us to get outside ourselves. In a similar vein, we tend to assume that God shares our perspective and priorities.
For the past several decades there's been a great commotion in the media about the biological roots of altruism and its counterpart selfishness. What saves us all is that reality comes to us not from media pundits.