Feelings Disuse: Empathy
We are social beings.
With the exception of the singular cases of certain hermits in history, we have all lived in society.
Archaeological remains of humanity's early age are proof that we were grouping together, making families. Nuclei of individuals have been conformed throughout history.
This characteristic makes us think about communication. The transmission of ideas, customs, teaching, feelings.
Because of not having a language, there must have been a high cognitive level to achieve the necessary communication.
This allowed the prevalence of the human race.
Then we can affirm that it is part of our nature to be interested in the situation of our neighbor.
Even this information can be at the molecular level and be passed on for generations.
It is not just to show your partner, neighbor, brother or friend that somehow you care about their condition, but it is a matter of survival.
The concept of empathy defines it as: the "capacity" to perceive what the other feels.
For me it's something else. It is more than that.
Because for me this "capacity" must be preceded by the "intention", the "desire" to understand the other.
Someone may have the ability to understand his fellow man, that is, if he decides to try to do it.
But the motivation to do it is not "born" within that person.
So: can we consider that person as empathic?
I say NOT.
"We must establish more solid and positive links with others, recognize and understand their feelings, ideas, behaviors and attitudes, even identify circumstances that may affect them in specific situations, in order to intervene and seek welfare in our fellow."
And we can not only be empathetic with other people. We can even feel empathy for animals or plants. We can establish such a real connection with our pet that we can accurately know their mood.
The grandmothers say "today my plants woke up sad".
Can you see the importance of empathy?
Can you see the current lack of empathy that our global community suffers?
While in Africa many children die of hunger and disease, in other countries they make millionaire auctions of thoroughbred horses for equestrian competition.
When citizens of a rich country are literally eating from the trash, their president eats tender lamb ribs from the hand of an international chef and then smokes a Havano, this while recording everything in a video to post it on Facebook.
But not all is lost.
Let's practice empathy. There are no barriers. There are no borders or distances.
Do you want an example?
Do you have not been able to detect the mood of someone, just by reading one of your comments?
It turns out that this person lives in the Netherlands and you are in South America.
Let's Save Humanity, Let's Be Empathic.
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