We are hard-wired to feel empathy, which is mostly described as an inherent ability to think or feel like another. However, empathy can be many things.
If it is not to feel understanding and compassion for another, it is a survival tool that has become an integral part of our nature. We use the soft, nurturing side of empathy to care for our newborn and our elderly, to tell compelling stories to transfer our knowledge and wisdom, to create and enjoy art, and to remain social beings by trying to understand and relate to others.
We also use empathy when hunting,
not only for food and animals,
but also for ideas in the business world.