On Empathy

As an inherently social species we all have a need for connection.

Empathy helps us to connect in a mutually beneficial way. It widens our perspectives, gives us a sense of belonging, and has the potential to help us overcome our own barriers. Empathy is not by definition kind, it is by definition adapted.

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Empathy experts are shooting up these days. We humans seem to be longing for a more humane version of ourselves. The more interconnected we get, the less our individualistic world-view fits us.

This renewed interest in empathy brings opportunity. Empathy is a very empowering skill, which has been around for a long time, like many other skills. The more we get to dust it off and find new ways to use this skill, the better we can face the problems we need to solve together. And yet, empathy of the kind that really moves us into beneficial action is not developed on good intentions alone. We need to practice in order to overcome our self-serving biases.

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is the one issue of true religion. Not to nourish the delusion but to overcome it is the way to reach the attainable measure of peace of mind."

Albert Einstein (12-02-1950)