Ending the Violence, Part 2

…. human violence has some specific biological causes: kin selection, territoriality, and lack of empathy.  We are created in God’s image spiritually, but our bodies have the same biological nature as lower animals. We can choose what we do, but our choices are biased by our biology. To counteract that bias, we must make ourselves aware of it…

Empathy

Even if we feel like attacking each other, empathy can stop us from doing it. Empathy requires that:
  • We can perceive what other people feel. By their behavior and facial expressions, we know if they are happy or suffering.
  • We can feel what other people feel. When we perceive someone happy or suffering, we “mirror” a little of the same feeling in ourselves.
  • We care what other people feel. We want them to feel good and we don’t want them to suffer.