Beyond the Matrix — A Buddhist Approach

In the real world we do not get to avoid the final episode. It’s time to break out of our unsustainable zero-empathy matrix. To be or not to be is now the pressing spiritual question before us.

“Psychopaths are capable of taking the perspective of somebody else, but only to take better advantage of you. They’re able to play the empathy game, but without the feelings involved. It’s like an empty shell. The core of empathy — being in tune with the feelings of somebody else — seems to be completely lacking. They are like aliens among us.” – Frans de Waal

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Over a decade ago, the psychiatrist Robert Hare evaluated corporate behaviour toward society and the world by applying standard diagnostic criteria to the business practices of these so-called “legal persons.” The diagnosis that fitted best was antisocial personality disorder — in other words, psychopathy…

 

by John Stanley and David Loy