the inherent value of humanity

I was just thinking last night after watching the latest Torchwood episode, about how there is sort of this inherent idea of the value of humanity that is ingrained in us - it's different than a survival instinct or anything like that, because it overrides an individual person's survival instinct, their desire for comfort, peace, happiness, all of that. It was just striking me how many people in the history of the world have given up everything they had and everything they aspired to, for the sake of saving or benefiting humanity. It seems pretty remarkable to me, really.

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