Updated: Jun 25
I’ve had some interesting conversations about sympathy and empathy.
The Empathy/Sympathy dichotomy is something I want to expand on someday, maybe in a book or even as a podcast series. Sound interesting to anyone but me??
Empathy is a RARE natural instinct. The world is not run by empaths.
The world is run on sympathy.
Maybe it’s because of reality tv. Maybe it’s our “millennial mindfulness”
Maybe it’s because we are emotionally interconnected via the internet.
But why aren't we are more inclined to empathize our way through interactions with others?
If I’m discussing a serious life event, it isn’t uncommon for the other person to ask questions, impart analysis and help guide the conversation to a stable state.
That is an empathetic conversation.
We've built entire social media platforms in which to do this through the written word and through images.
t Sympathy Syndrome took over many of these platforms, exchanging in real-life influence for online sympathies, sorrow-porn and profile filters...that’s another post for another time…t Sympathy Syndrome took over many of these platforms, exchanging in real-life influence for online sympathies, sorrow-porn and profile filters...that’s another post for another time…
The resurgence of empathy in our lifetime, to me, changes the course of the world’s future.
Cultures across the globe have pushed for global empathy as the truest form of survival for the planet and indeed for life on it.
In order for people to re-learn and distinguish empathy vs sympathy, I implore them to look at how they react to others’ suffering, joy, sorrow, pain, etc.
Do they disassociate and sympathize with their misfortune? Or do they empathize, feel their distress, and offer to enact a plan to guide themselves and the other person to balance and stability?
There are so many people that are comfortable in their sympathy.
….Maybe you have reasons for being self-absorbed and self-preserving. Valid reasons lead to sympathetic people.
But that doesn't excuse the utter lack of empathy throughout the world towards others.