Because a human being is endowed with empathy, he violates the natural order if he does not reach out to those who need care. Responding to this empathy, one is in harmony with the order of things, with dharma; otherwise, one is not.” Dayananda Saraswati
Our stories are powerful tools that can be used to confront social problems. When a personal story is being shared we unconsciously create an emotional connection with the storyteller and empathize with their experience.
While we cannot empathize with everyone’s situation and experiences, we gravitate towards certain elements and information from the story itself; like dates, events, images, names and places which resonate in our own lives.
This allows us to better understand the emotional makeup of the person that is sharing their story with us and therefore, helps us develop empathy towards people that were once strangers.