Now empathy, as a concept, is more popular today than at any moment in human history. It’s on the lips of politicians and neuroscientists, business leaders and spiritual gurus. Even in the last 10 years, Internet searches for the word empathy have more than doubled in frequency.
That’s extraordinary. But we have to do more than just talk about empathy or search for it online. We have to turn empathy into a form of social action. We need to harness its power for social and political change. That is the way we’re going to create a revolution of human relationships in the 21st century.