Cooperation has two definitions. In one sense, it means complying with rules and agreeing that those rules should be followed. (If a person complies without supporting the rules, he or she is merely being obedient.).
Many researchers believe empathy is one of the building blocks of all moral behavior, since by empathizing with others, we are more likely to want to relieve their pain and increase their happiness. The Golden Rule ("Do unto others as you would have them do unto you"), one of the guiding moral precepts of civilization, is the active equivalent of empathy. A version of the Golden Rule is found in most religious traditions.
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