The empathy revolution

There’s sound reason why one of Britain’s leading ‘cultural thinkers’ would tackle such a weighty topic.

As Krznaric writes, empathy (the ‘Golden Rule’) has its foundation in major spiritual traditions including Buddhism, Confucianism, Judaism and Christianity.

Empathy, he adds, lies ‘at the very core of human existence’.

Most of us like to see ourselves as empathetic, but what does it mean to really ‘imagine oneself in another’s place and understand the other’s feelings, desires, ideas, and actions’?

And how do we get there?

‘A first step is to humanise our imaginations by developing an awareness,’ writes Krznaric, as ‘we all possess deep wells of pain and sorrow that we can draw on to help bridge social divides and create empathic bonds’. Continue reading.

Source: Eureka Street

Image: School of Life

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