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There's so much buzz about the word" Empathy", wherever I go, in my school, neighborhood, community, friends, and family.



em·​pa·​thy ˈem-pə-thē 

: the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experiences of another


: the act of imagining one's ideas, feelings, or attitudes as fully inhabiting something observed (such as a work of art or natural occurrence)

Empathy was modeled on sympathy; it was coined in the early 20th century as a translation of the German Einfühlung (“feeling-in” or “feeling into”). First applied in contexts of philosophy, aesthetics, and psychology, empathy continues to have technical use in those fields that sympathy does not.

( As per Merriam-Webster)

This is what the dictionary says, but there's more glory to it than this, at least for many of us.

I feel empathy -

  • By reaching out to those who are too shy to ask for

  • By understanding that not all students love sharing their ideas, but that doesn't mean they understand less.

  • By creating safe spaces.

  • By accepting people as they are.

  • By not judging them (who am I to do that)?

  • By being sensitive to the situation of others.

  • By supporting communities irrespective of race, caste, color, creed, or nationality.

  • By letting others have their comfort zone, not be intrusive!

  • By being the voice of the voiceless!

  • By being an upstander, not a bystander.

  • When I see all the kids with the same lens, whether I know them or not.

  • when someone asks a sincere," How are you?"

  • When someone says a little prayer for me.

  • When everyone in the world will have at least a few morsels to eat!

I could go on, but I pause here, throwing this question to you- What is empathy to you?

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Mar 27

Yes, empathy is broad and should be practiced with an open mind; one that sees many opportunities to consider and understand others' perspectives. You capture that well with your many and varied examples.

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