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We can cultivate empathy throughout our lives, says Roman Krznaric—and use it as a radical force for social transformation.
If you think you’re hearing the word “empathy” everywhere, you’re right. It’s now on the lips of scientists and business leaders, education experts and political activists.
But there is a vital question that few people ask: How can I expand my own empathic potential?
Empathy is not just a way to extend the boundaries of your moral universe. According to new research, it’s a habit we can cultivate to improve the quality of our own lives.
But what is empathy? It’s the ability to step into the shoes of another person, aiming to understand their feelings and perspectives, and to use that understanding to guide our actions. That makes it different from kindness or pity. And don’t confuse it with the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have…
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I’m not prejudiced against anyone or anything… except Stupid People. Race, color, customs, country of descent/origin, religious beliefs, sexuality… all of that simply combines into beginning to describe who a person is. My usual reaction to any such differences from my own perspective is curiosity. Read the rest of this entry »
I have learned so much from having dogs. I know, that sounds cliche’ but seriously, it’s true! Dogs eat, sleep, play, work, breathe, LIVE in the NOW. Before dogs in my life, I had a very intellectual understanding of that concept: live in the moment, one step at a time, and all that. But what does that really mean? Sometimes it seems the human life is made up of yesterdays and tomorrows; right now is incidental. Dogs don’t care about what happened five minutes ago and they aren’t obsessing about what might happen five minutes from now – only humans do that. We constantly stress ourselves out over what we should or should not have done in the past and what we should or should not do in the future. I have to say, dogs have the right of it. Life is so much simpler and much more pleasant when you live for the now. Sure you still have to plan to pay your bills, buy food for dinner tomorrow, etc, but the obsessing over past/future has absolutely no good purpose! If you did something you’re not happy about, resolve not to do it again and move on. Reliving it over and over, wishing the outcome had been different and fantasizing as if it had gone differently, does what exactly? Hike the blood pressure, that’s what. Same with obsessing over potential future instances: they never go like you think they will, you never say exactly what you want to say, and people never respond exactly as you expect. So what’s the point? Stop obsessing and try living in the now for a while. You might find you like it here.
Just a few of my latest attempts…