“The Impossibility of Empathy” — See, there’s this thing called biology…

Really good post by Insanity Bytes that expounds on another post from blogger Becky on the complexities of empathy and the good and bad it brings with it.  Give both a read, well worth it.

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11 Responses to “The Impossibility of Empathy” — See, there’s this thing called biology…

  1. Wally Fry says:

    Wasn’t that great? Haven’t read IBs yet, but working my way there

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  2. I have trouble with long winded replies that address an issue with personal experience when that particular issue is best resolved briefly and effectively with common sense (simple reasoning).

    It is a fact that people sense, interpret and understand things differently.

    Consequently, empathy cannot be an objective standard for morality.

    For if everyone had the same sense of empathy, and therefore, morality, the entire human race would be at peace.

    That’s it in only three simple, easy to understand sentences.

    Personal, subjective responses to important issues are personal opinion.

    And since one person’s personal opinion is as good as that of any other person, it is absolutely useless in determining the truth.

    And another HUGE problem in our culture is that the supposed righteous people use the same sort of irrational thinking (opinion-based truth) as the people whose worldview is destroying Western Civilization.

    Essentially, than there is no difference between the righteous and the wicked since both self righteously believe their opinions are best.

    Babbling holy scripture or invoking God are no help to a person if that person uses the ways of the wicked to pursue truth.

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    • Julie says:

      I empathize with your use of the word than, as in, “Essentially, than…”, but it’s then.
      See how I empathized and set you on the correct grammatical path?
      I’ll condense the matter into one concise, easy to understand equation:
      Empathy + enabling → deterioration; Empathy + compassionate correction → regeneration.

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  3. An interesting read. When a dose of reality hits us like an unexpected “pie in the face,” defensive postures instinctively surface in response to protect us. If one is looking to ridicule the author, it can easily be done. If one is willing, instead, to LISTEN and LEARN a perspective that may differ from our own personal views, the experience may result in personal growth and development. Simply put, we can ENJOY the learning experience even if we disagree with its content or we can lash out with negative INTENT adding to current trends of divisiveness. Smiling respectfully and personally disagreeing is healthier on the BODY and MIND and requires a lot less effort.

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    • Tricia says:

      It sure doe require an enormous amount of effort Jonathan. I am in the middle of a group tour vacation and have made friends with 2 sets of folks who are complete polar opposites politically. It is very enlightening to me to listen to both parties without adding my own two cents (I’ve really had to force myself not to) and to try and understand where each is coming from.

      I think though the point of each post was to emphasize that sometimes too much empathy can be a not so god thing.

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  4. Julie,

    That’s fine. But what you wrote has absolutely nothing to do with morality or justice.

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