What use is "empathy" in the business of the State, and how did we become so childish in our thinking as to believe that the two are related?
You can almost hear Adams, or Monroe, or Madison or Hamilton or Washington asking if we've taken leave of our senses.
Quod scripsi, scripsi
In either case, sympathy is not the same as empathy. Sympathy is one-sided. You feel sorry for the man on the street. You project your emotion onto them. You are judging their situation. You can still do good things out of sympathy, but the connection is very one directional.
Empathy requires you to put yourself in the person's POV. You do not have to feel sorry for a gay couple to ask yourself how you would feel in their situation if you were not allowed to marry the person you love. From their POV you can make conclusions you might not have on your own.
There is a cognitive leap between the two. With empathy you are able to recognize diverse viewpoints in order to question your positions and to foster negotiation and compromise.
In short, you sympathize for someone, you empathize with someone.
it doesn't matter where you been unless your looking for an excuse what matters is where you are going
also sympathy and empathy is a two way street how does the poor know how some one rich feels if that pool person has never been rich or how does a black man know what a write man feels or thinks because he never was write. how does a gay man know what a straight man is like if he never was straight so you cant use that as a one sided excuse like your implying
see you want to use empathy so to cause others to bend to your ideology but wont do the same in return so to come to a compromise
Last edited by trfjr; 09-26-13 at 11:42 AM.
I would like for you to step out of your shoes and do a little POV as you call it. I want you to show some empathy for this scenario
You have this business owner that stays up late at night worrying if he made the right decision on some new contract knowing his and his employee future depends on that decision to be the correct one.
lets say after he makes his car payment on two cars, his house payment, braces on his kids teeth, putting money away for the kids college fund and retirement not relying on the government for any of it and pays close to 50% of his income in taxes. is in line at the grocery store with a basket full of hamburger and not the steaks he wanted so not to dip into the kids college fond and the person in front of him has the basket full of steaks and whips out a snap card to pay for it. why don't you show A little empathy in that situation
republicans do show empathy but they show it to every one not just to the ones you want to label as oppressed
Last edited by trfjr; 09-26-13 at 12:05 PM.
Ok, flame me.
I have often seen Republicans to act more "GOD" (read absolutes and Old Testament")
on the flipside
I have seen Democrats as more "Jesus" - clearly the more empathetic and understanding.
Yeah, big (bibical) empathy gap. Not sure that is bad. Just shows a need to work together for commonsense understanding.
Now let me go back to watching hour 18 of Ted Cruz blast healthcare reform-athon
Empathy isn't always a good thing.
The argument that people are living rich off of food stamps because of this straw man that buys lobster/steak/caviar in front of the struggling middle class man is a convenient way of avoiding empathy. Have people abused the system? Of course, any system has abuse. Your reasoning is that because some people abuse it, nobody deserves that program. You have displayed the lack of empathy towards the truly needy that I am trying to illustrate.
"Obamacare delenda est"