Why is "what's best for everyone" better than "what's only best for me (and my friends / family)"?

Does it need explaining or justifying at all? 

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That's not what I'm saying.  The idea is that having spoken language, words, makes possible a vastly more complex repertoire of behaviour than is possible without words. 

@Simon - have you considered that morality begins to look suspiciously like community concern --?

@ A. opteryx  -  I would say they're closely related. 

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