Consider the essential moral question, Is what I am about to do in keeping with my values, ethics or sense of meaning?
I’ve argued that the answer to this query comes to us first as a felt sense of “rightness” or “wrongness,” and only afterward do we explain to ourselves why this might be so. In Social Intelligence I described the mid-brain circuits of the “low road,” which manages such spontaneous, automatic responses to life. These neural systems are thickly connected to the brain’s emotional centers–-and the gut–but not to the thinking brain, the neocortex. Our first moral response comes as a feeling, not a thought.»