Sara Crolick discusses empathy and offers a surprisingly-simple method to test for its presence.
It is required for human communication; but beyond that, empathy functions to provide us with a sense of unity. We relate to one another on a deeper, more primitive level. It is the root of other feelings of togetherness and giving, like mercy, charity and sympathy. It drives us to help, assist, aid. It moves us to be involved, to be connected.
These urges are foundational characteristics of grounded individuals—individuals who strive to create a society that is in harmony with itself.
Empathy is not so much taught, but a near-psychic impression one human stirs in another. Some of us are indeed more empathic than others; but how do we know?
The answer lies in a natural everyday occurrence:
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