Empathy: Open Your Heart

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“Empathy is really the opposite of spiritual meanness. It’s the capacity to understand that every war is both won and lost. And that someone else’s pain is as meaningful as your own.” ~ Barbara Kingsolver

Turning from Me to We

We live in a culture that has typically not had a lot of use for empathy; that is, the ability to see the world through the eyes of the ‘other.’

We pride ourselves on how rugged and individualistic and awesome we are, pretending we didn’t get any help along the road through life. This stance is, and should be, truly laughable.

Everyone alive owes the fact that they are even breathing to at least two human beings:  their parents. The web begins there. They wear clothing made by poor women in factories in China or Bangladesh or India, and drink milk…

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