Wither empathy

Stop scrolling. You need to take 2 minutes out of your day and read this. Seriously, stop scrolling and read this article. (h/t Brian Brown)

And then remember what “empathy” is and figure out where yours went.

As the 2015 comes upon us, perhaps a good resolution for everyone is to rediscover empathy.

4 thoughts on “Wither empathy

  1. My empathy never left. I still hold those who walk the thin blue line in high esteem. I still stand by these men and women who put it all on the line for all of us.

    Anything less is disrespectful as well as shameful.

    Just because a few race baiters and cowards in public office will not stand tall and respect these men and women does not mean I shall stand idle and not express my love and respect.

    That is all.

    • First, I just read some article where cop comes onto scene, shoots someone that was actively shooting and putting the lives of many at risk. Officer stops the madness… and for his troubles the bystanders start throwing rocks and bottles at the cop. Go figure on that…. /sighs

      Second tho, it’s not just police, it’s empathy in general. This isn’t to say everyone has lost it, but I think as a blanket statement, empathy is sorely lacking in our society today. Everyone wants to be right, to be heard, to justify their stance. People aren’t listening to others, giving the thoughts and stances of others any sort of consideration. People aren’t willing to be wrong, even if it ultimately means they come closer to being truly right. We don’t want to consider others, just ourselves. We don’t want to think about what and why others, just have the world revolve around me.

      I don’t know when this happened, but the more I look around, the more I think this is a root problem.

  2. Hsoi, Ok, I have to agree with you. I’ve noticed a general coarsening of our society. The vulgar language used in public and in media. The general rudeness that seems to have crept into everything. The selfishness almost everywhere you go, especially in traffic. Sad stuff.

    I cannot say when I actually made notice of this change but notice I did.

    When I was a kid I lived in a ‘row house’ community near Baltimore, MD. Everyone on the block knew everyone else. You could not get away with ANYTHING unless you went blocks away! The eyes were there and all the moms knew each other.

    Now I live in an apartment complex. I only talk to one of my neighbors. Sadly I have zero interest in talking to any of the others. Perhaps I am just as guilty of our problems as others? Or maybe not. I try to be polite to everyone I encounter. I say yes please and thank you. I hold doors for others. Not just the ladies! 😉 I try to not be a jerk on the road…

    I cannot help but think part of the issue is stress. Our world is full of pressure, full of economic hardship and full of uncertainty. Either that or I’m full of poop….. Yea, that’s it. TW’s full of it! My fault!

    • I think we’re all guilty of it. It goes back to the old thing about how change starts with me… be the change you want to see in the world… and all of those such sayings. I mean, the only person I can truly work to change is myself so…. start there.

      We can all improve in some way… and perhaps if we do, it’ll all add up.

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