I’ve been having a bit of a clean out, moving things around and going through boxes of saved papers to see what I can do without. I found this piece of writing in one of those boxes. It was typed on an a word-processor that is long gone, so I wrote it well over ten years ago. Evidently this has been on my mind for a long time!’ George Bushism’ would refer to the elder of the two – I decided to let that stand, however dated, as only the labels have changed.
Empathy, empathy, god grant us EMPATHY!
Empathy could save the world.
Empathy could destroy – militarism, terrorism, George Bushism.
Empathy is what Tibetan Buddhists cultivate in order to grow in compassion.
Empathy could destroy – xenophobia, war, greedy banks.
Empathy would make babies happy and grow them into happy adults.
Empathy prevents depression.
Empathy is more precious than any commodity you care to name.
Empathy can be taught.
And it’s high time it was.
Empathy, Empathy! Empathy is what makes us human – humans being – being in relation to others, and if we are not in relation to others, what are we?
Empathy allows others inside each others heads and hearts.
I also found this quote, scribbled on the back of a recipe…
“Living with hybrid identities and multiple cultural affiliations breeds a bottom-up cosmopolitanism and empathic extension. By incorporating diverse cultures, individuals become multicultural in their own identity; and therefore more tolerant and open to the diversity around them. A multicultural identity also gives an individual a richer reservoir of personal experiences and feelings to draw upon in expressing empathy to others.”
‘The Empathic Civilization.’
What he is basically saying there is – everybody needs to get out more, literally and figuratively, and we’ll all be much better off personally and socially.