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Much of recent human history has been focused upon accumulation of national wealth The ideas behind this superseded the process of land accumulation by forceful means Grossman and Helpman 1993 The result was that as nations became wealthier they were able to obtain products animals land and other human beings in order to further extend that wealth throughout the world This was especially true of the global domination of the United Kingdom UK during the time of the industrial revolution Steger 2010 For the most part the population of the UK and those of its land acquisitions overseas had one role in life and that was to further enhance the wealth of the nation Working men especially were considered almost a disposable commodity and this was certainly true for those individuals captured as slaves from land acquisitions such as continental Africa Hoerder nd However it was during this time that some individuals began to question the ethical extent to which their fellow human beings were treated Initially this extended to those individuals who were owned as slaves to children within the workplaces to women and ultimately to working men Spiller 1934 The improvements in living and working conditions for these populations were many years in the making and were helped by a small number of vocal individuals often with strong faith backgrounds who questioned the treatment of their fellow human beings Richerson and Boyd 2008Jeremy Rifkin suggested that as the human race has become wealthier and the global voice has extended beyond the individuals extended family there has been room to develop what he called The Empathic Civilisation Rifkin 2009 He suggested that this process has been a slow one and has only been able to take place as societies have created enough wealth to allow certain groups within that society to become more ethical and empathise with the plight of others within their wider society So in effect human beings have
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