The empathy revolution

It’s our first column for 2014 and it’s fair to say that Barry and I are aiming straight and unabashedly for the heart with Roman Krznaric’s Empathy: A Handbook for Revolution.

There’s sound reason why one of Britain’s leading ‘cultural thinkers’ would tackle such a weighty topic. As Krznaric writes, empathy (the ‘Golden Rule’) has its foundation in major spiritual traditions including Buddhism, Confucianism, Judaism and Christianity. Empathy, he adds, lies ‘at the very core of human existence’.

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Most of us like to see ourselves as

empathetic, but what does it mean..

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Most of us like to see ourselves as empathetic, but what does it mean to really ‘imagine oneself in another’s place and understand the other’s feelings, desires, ideas, and actions’? 

By Barry Gittins and Jen Vuk