Empathy: it’s what will save the world

This is one of my favorite things. A short video just shy of 11 minutes packed a big punch and changed my perspective on humanity. Jeremy Rifkin explores the evolution of empathy and offers up a compelling framework for thinking about solutions to some of the world’s most vexing problems.

Empathy is the capacity to share or recognize emotions experienced by another sentient or fictional being.

Empathy is the invisible hand. Empathy is what allows us to stretch our sensibility with another so that we can cohere in larger social units. To empathise is to civilise; to civilise is to empathise.