We have them all around us. The sort of meanie that basically doesn’t like fellow beings and thinks we’re genetically inferior. Genetic research has explained the phenomenon by latching onto the natural oxytocin effect that lets some of us get warm and fuzzy.

That old Texas saying ‘maybe it’s in the water’ has turned into ‘maybe it’s in the milk of human kindness’. ‘Tis the season for, hopefully, the holidays to improve.

Above all, be thankful for your brain’s supply of oxytocin, the small, celebrated peptide hormone that, by the looks of it, helps lubricate our every prosocial exchange, the thousands of acts of kindness, kind-of kindness and not-as-nakedly-venal-as-I-could-have-been kindness that make human society possible.

…oxytocin underlies the twin emotional pillars of civilized life, our capacity to feel empathy and trust.

And if you’re a human, bent on turning everything into an extended family affair, here is oxytocin again to cheerlead and teleprompt. C. Sue Carter of the University of Illinois at Chicago, a pioneer in the study of oxytocin, suspects that the association between the hormone and childbirth long kept scientists from taking it seriously. “But now that it’s been brought into the world of economics and finance,” Dr. Carter said, “suddenly it’s very hot.”

Spray versions for use in cold calls may be the ultimate use of this new fuzziness, which is somewhat depressing. That, however, will insure that it has a well-endowed long, full, life.

Remote controlled drones filled with oxytocin come to mind as another good use, and a potential answer to land mines.

My family would be much improved by burning a little censor full at holidays, too.

Got more good suggestions on how you would like to use the newly discovered warm fuzzy juice?

Ruth Calvo

Ruth Calvo

I've blogged at The Seminal for about two years, was at cabdrollery for around three. I live in N.TX., worked for Sen.Yarborough of TX after graduation from Wellesley, went on to receive award in playwriting, served on MD Arts Council after award, then managed a few campaigns in MD and served as assistant to a member of the MD House for several years, have worked in legal offices and written for magazines, now am retired but addicted to politics, and join gladly in promoting liberals and liberal policies.

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