Not my circus,
Not my monkeys
– Polish proverb
Credit to Ally from The Spectacled Bean for this proverb.
Empathy is the starting point for creating a community and taking action.
It’s the impetus for creating change
~ Max Carverhttp://www.brainyquote.com/quotes
This is the only way forward if we are to avoid fear, hatred and at its extreme, racism, prejudice and extremism.
Empathy is defined as : having an affinity or rapport with, sympathy with, understanding of, sensitivity towards, sensibility to, identification with, awareness of, fellowship with, fellow feeling for, like-mindedness, togetherness, closeness to something or someone.
It is closely linked with compassion.
Do you think empathy is intuitive or can it also be learned?
I would love to hear your thoughts. Join in the discussion by leaving a comment.
Everyone’s opinion is important.
Several years ago, I created ‘Proverbial Friday’ on my blog.
I became fascinated with traditional proverbs and sayings, their metaphorical layers and the many different interpretations found within just a few, succinct words. I marveled at their ability to transcend race, religion, opinions and age.
Mostly anonymous, proverbs are a portal through time to generations past and echo a diverse range of cultures.
They speak of the experiences of many lessons learned and the wisdom from thousands of lives already lived.
They offer us knowledge; knowledge that is passed to us in much the same way relay runners might pass a baton. Once it’s handed over, it is up to us what we do with it and how we pass it on.