My husband gave me this funny video but it’s actually a serious study on the source of morality: nurture or nature? The video is taken from a TED talk by Frans de Waal, primatologist and author of several popular books. His talk is called Moral behavior in Animals.
In this experiment, two Capuchin monkeys are presented with an unfairness scenario. As de Waal notes, cucumbers are acceptable food for the monkeys, but they prefer grapes. De Waal claims that monkeys like food in proportion to its price at the supermarket — he’s a funny guy and worth watching if you have 18 minutes.
The two Capuchins can see each other, one getting cucumbers and the other grapes for performing the same task. They must give the experimenter a rock before they get a piece of food.
Watch what happens. Then think about how it applies to humans (and in parenting!!)
p.s. This is his book. His fundamental question is Evolved Morality? Can we evolve morality without God and religion? Interesting topic!