When natural disasters like tornadoes or earthquakes strike a community, people urgently rush in to offer aid. It matters not if the dusty hand reaching out from the rubble is a Republican and the helping hand extended is a Democrat. Nor does it matter if either is black or white, male or female, or Christian or Jew. Concerned citizens come together to assist in any way they can.
These humanitarians ask no questions. They don’t measure the recipient against any preconceived bias before offering their help. It never crosses their mind to ask if they agree or disagree with their beliefs. No judgment enters the picture. Instead, through their shared humanity, empathy is the natural response.
What if we responded with the same level of compassion toward our neighbors during more common, less threatening challenges? [Read more…] about Building Connection and Solving Problems through Empathy