The lost art of empathy

Nothing symbolizes the nastiness of American politics better than the constant calls for civility…

 

Practicing empathy does not mean that we will adopt their point of view. In fact, it may lead us to disagree with them even more strongly, especially if the other person is a virulent racist or a suicide bomber bent on targeting civilians. But, even in such extreme cases, empathy enables us to recognize their humanity…

 

Empathy is particularly useful in political debates because it helps us find common ground — to see a little bit of ourselves in our opponents. Today’s hot-button issues are controversial precisely because there are appealing arguments on each side.

 

 By J. Peder Zane