What makes us different from other species is that we can reason with our emotions through our frontal lobe. Through reasoning combined with compassion, we can comprehend that in order for us to have a fulfilling life and we can’t violate the same rights in others. The more advanced we become, the more unconditional this thought pattern is and this specific activity can be measured in the frontal lobe. For example, when people do critical thinking or are having very compassionate emotions, brain scans show that their frontal lobe is more active.
When individuals respond to situations based on limited and quick processing, there is no time to put oneself in someone else’s shoes, to feel other people’s pain and to have compassion. This type of response is emotional rather than rational and while it is vital for the human brain to respond to certain situations quickly, in many other situations where rational judgment is necessary, the person has to train her mind to take the information to the new mammalian portion of the brain for processing before responding.