Our society has lost the instinct for kindness

by the Guardian

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation today publishes Contemporary Social Evils, which argues that a dangerous erosion of trust and culture of fear now pervades our society. Here foundation head Julia Unwin looks at how we can reclaim our values

Would you come to the aid of a lost child in a busy shopping centre? Would you give up your seat on the tube for a pregnant woman? Would you knock on your next door neighbour's door to offer them a lift to the supermarket? These are questions we ask ourselves from time to time and we are often troubled by our honest responses.

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