To Understand Empathy

As we have been taught history, there have been so many wars and fights over time. Even in indigenous tribes, you see fights between surrounding cultures. Or was this the way of life from the beginning? Did most indigenous tribes fight? Many anthropologists might disagree. The earliest cultures to date like the ancient Samarians, or Atlantis days, were possibly the most advanced civilizations that ever lived. These people and cultures may not have fought. They worked together and put their minds in one direction to create sustainable things. For example, for many years the ancient pyramids of Giza were said to be burial sites to the Egyptian Kings. We now know that this is not true. When people work well together and understand where they are coming from, they create amazing things like the pyramids. The pyramids are giant geo renewable energy producing systems. The most sustainable renewable energy planet earth has ever known to date. How did such an ancient culture create such magnificent objects and science?

It is because these cultures chose to understand each other’s feelings, thoughts, and learned about each other enough to help one another advance. By considering another’s emotions we can learn a lot about how the world can advance. We can make people more comfortable to think outside the box and be themselves. The more comfortable one another is, the more open our minds are to be able to be emotionally strong with our decision making. When our emotions are strong and we make good decisions, we are confident and begin to yearn to do great things. Don’t we want people to do great things? Don’t we want the best technology for everybody? Advancements that will not only save the human race, but that can sustain the ecosystem of the earth and all living species on the planet? This process of understanding one another is called empathy. To really learn and understand empathy, we first must consider the opposite in which is apathy.

Humans learned Apathy

Overages of cultures and communities creating what they believed their way of life and customs should be, people built segregated views of what they thought is the right way or a way in which they got used to living and became their customs. As time developed, communities could care less what other communities were doing. Their interest led only to what they were doing. In the present, the developing world got so advanced people got deep into what they were doing on an individual level. Although Capitalism was not meant to be focused purely on profits, that is what ended up happening. Due to this, people learned to engage in what they were doing, their success, wealth, and happiness. Families distanced themselves from each other as people argue over what is right and wrong, political left and right, income gaps, and pushed people to genuinely lack concern for others well-being.

While we look at this from an evolutionary psychological perspective, humans intuitively learned to have an apathetic attitude toward one another. Who is to blame? And why did this happen? If anyone, it is hard to blame any person or group, however, the way Capitalism grew was from banks and governmental power. With these two combined, it allowed for a select group of individuals to slowly grow power over the years. This consolidated power brought greed and engrained a desire for overconsumption and a want for more money or resources. This way of thinking even to the lower income and low-tier individuals permeated through societies as they grew. People wanted the best possible and most successful life they can have. Now there is nothing inherently wrong with wanting the best for yourself and your family, however, when people stop forgetting that this gain usually comes at a cost. That cost is either other humans or the environment. This is precisely where we went wrong on earth. As humans, we grew organically with the earth and one another. We ought to care for each other and the environment, but, we don’t. This attitude is apathy for human interaction and for environmental sustainability. This needs to change.

Understanding Empathy

To inherit such an attitude as not to be concerned for another piece of life, plant, lizard, ant, grass, trees, ducks, squirrels, humans, or whatever form of life it may be is, counter-intuitive to what life brings to everything. It is known that everything dies’s in one way or another, and we might have to kill something in order to not go hungry or kill something as it may kill us, however, this doesn’t give us a right to ever kill for the game. This doesn’t give a right to show any interest in balancing a number of wrong doings. For example, we have so many boats in the sea as people are just having a blast and the motors are pushing gas into the waters, that we drink, aquodic animals feed off and live in, and the gas from the oil burned for the boats are a direct trace of negative matter being absorbed by the earth. And the more we drive cars in cluttered cities, or any simple activity that we know hurts us. We are showing no form of empathy. Even if we know something may kill us like a lion, we ought not to hunt the lion if the lion is not posing any harm or threat to us. In the present day, there is no reason for game hunting as we have so much knowledge of the resources on earth there is no need to go hunting for game. Indigenous tribes understood that there is no need to consume more than they had to. Have we forgotten what empathy is?

We are born into a world of other human beings, and other species where there is a need to share what is on the planet. Therefore, we have a duty to show compassion for the future of its well-being, the earth, people, animals, and species or creatures. Especially, human beings for we are born as social creatures. Other interactions with people are what completes us, makes us whole, and fills us with understanding. To other humans, we should want to learn about each other, what we do, who we are, what each other want to become, and how to help each other to get there to that place. There is no reason to fight over resources anymore. We all are entitled to these resources and there is more than enough to go around for everyone. The only reason for any human to fight until the death for resources are if they feared there was not enough to go around, and we understand that there are enough resources to go around for everyone, therefore, why do we still fight? Because we lost interest in other’s feelings due to power and greed. We need to understand this part about human apathy to understand how to regain human empathy. We should cherish other’s thoughts and creativity, laugh at one another’s humor, and balance other’s anxiety and anger. Next time you go out into the world, try to listen into another’s information that they are trying to teach, listen as a student, and internalize this knowledge to pass on to others as a teacher. It is the beginning to reinitiating our inherent attributes toward empathy.