The Power of Empathy

No empathy. No understanding.

Why Empathy?

“Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. Absolve you to yourself, and you shall have the suffrage of the world.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self Reliance

The only way to live fully is to be yourself and allow others be themselves. Once you can accomplish this, the world will be a much happier place. Put yourself in their shoes. Would you like to be held back from being who you are by others negative judgements? Without empathy, people feel misunderstood, which leads to aggression, which leads to confrontation.

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How will this help you?

By being empathetic, you can avoid creating greater conflict. If you try to understand and connect with someone, you may find they are just as human as you are. In high school, this can help you deal with difficult classroom situations, handle social media more appropriately, and aid in how you manage yourself in the work place in the future. Everyone is capable of mistakes, how will you handle it?

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How to start the change for the better

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Use it!

Not only will being empathetic change your life, it can change your whole community. If we all try to look at problems from every perspective, monstrous local confrontations would be small set backs. When changes to the local communities appearance or infrastructure are are hand, ask yourself if this is beneficial not just to yourself, but to the community as a whole. Or if a political debate in Washington is becoming increasingly one-sided, consider the not-so-common opinion. Sensible solutions only result from a platform of absolute understanding.