The Spiritual Practice of Empathy

 This story today about the rich man and Lazarus demonstrates the problem with a lack of empathy.


The comedian Louis CK also spoke recently about our inability to empathize. In a television interview, he said that children should not have smartphones or iPhones or Facebook because they will not learn to empathize with others and be kind to them unless they are face to face with the other children. When we can see the face of someone we have hurt, we learn not hurt anymore. When we are dealing with someone who is suffering, we cannot ignore him or her.

We cannot step around Lazarus and go on our way.