If you ask anyone, what is morality based on? These are the two factors that always come out: One is reciprocity, … a sense of fairness, and the other one is empathy and compassion.

Frans de Waal

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“Moral Behavior in Animals.” TEDxPeachtree. Nov. 2011. Conference Presentation.

Source: "Moral Behavior in Animals." TEDxPeachtree. Nov. 2011. Conference Presentation. Additional Information: This quote means that most people associate morality, or ethics, with traits like fairness and kindness. The quote is from a TED Talk by Frans de Waal, who studies primate social behavior. De Waal explains in this Talk that a lot of the characteristics and behaviors we commonly associate with human morality are actually also demonstrated in animals, such as monkeys and elephants. Watch the full TED Talk here: Frans de Waal - Moral Behavior in Animals