Empathy & War: Fighting an enemy, fighting to understand the ‘enemy’

In fairy tales, it’s the wicked witch who desperately wants a pair of shiny shoes or the brutish baron of some dark and spooky tower who really just needs a hug.

 

They empathize and connect, but in some ways this is nothing new. For men at war, there are always questions they ask themselves, and at times, one another. Who are these men we’re fighting? What drives them? What makes them want to do us harm? Do they have a family? Will they be missed?

 

 by Cpl. James W. Clark