I was born sensitive. Born with empathy. My pathological parents saw a moving target. My characteristics were not something to be celebrated, they were a liability for them. I can’t recall how many times in my life, said by various individuals, that I was ‘too sensitive’. My empathy was viewed as weakness, an irritant. When you’re a sensitive, highly empathic child, born into a pathological home, things are going to get ugly for you very quickly.
Love and evil cannot coexist. Not in society and not in a home where love and nurture is to take place.
I learned from a very young age to make assessments of my pathological family members to ward off abuse, or to at least make it ‘bearable’. Those who come from these homes would understand what ‘bearable’ means when it comes to abuse, because you never escape it when you’re the target.
I learned to assess body language, facial expression. I learned to look into the eyes of my parents and could ‘read’ chronic anger and rage before it erupted. I learned ‘code words’ that were an indication of what was to come. Because I was such a sensitive kid, I spent the majority of my childhood, in a constant state of hyper vigilance and emotional pain. I was often segregated from the family, living in my room, to either get away from them and experience a few minutes of safety, or because I was being punished for one thing or another. Often as a child, I was ill and there would be no forthcoming medical care for me. I developed a fear of illness.
But just as I was sensitive and empathic, allowing me to ‘read’ my parents and their various cues, they were also able to ‘read’ mine. I was a constant source of irritation to them, a threat. It was never spoken, but ‘they knew that I knew’. What was so strange about having a ‘vague’ idea about how evil these people were, is that I was not able to express it, I was not able to ‘label’ it,nor within a subsequent context that would describe their behaviors and attitudes.I just knew I was dealing with people who were not playing with a full deck. I learned to adapt to them. I learned to normalize abuse even though I knew innately that it felt deeply wrong, that it was filled with deceit, hate and contempt. Often I would be punished for ‘looking at them the wrong way’. In retrospect, I often wonder if what they were responding to in my facial and eye expression wasn’t motivated by the reality that I knew they were pathological. I was slapped into silence. Quite literally, slapping ‘that look’ off my face, as my mother often said. This would so confused me. What was my ‘look’? I tried very hard to figure out what that ‘look’ was that would get a hand across my face out of nowhere. These were the times that I could not predict an outcome.
So I worked hard at ‘the blank stare’. Even now, I can see the spontaneous rage on her face as her arm would lift into the air, and as her hand would move toward my cheek. Those moments fill me with pain. Moments that I buried deep inside myself. Until I walked into this situation with waiting for disability. I’ve relived so much abuse, so much trauma. This time, not from my pathological parents, but from a narcissistic, hateful society. I fall into many ‘hate’ categories right now. I know the system is against me. That system and the society of hate, have now become my abusers. But what causes me the most pain of all, is to see the same on the faces or in type of so many more. . .
Because I lived with so much chronic hate, rage and contempt, I see it readily around me. The same abilities I had as a child, haunt me today as I read various headlines, and read thousands of comments on various pages and blogs. I FEEL the pain of other people. While this is a tremendous gift I believe given to me, providing me with vast amounts of insight and empathy, it is also the biggest curse when it comes to seeing and feeling hatred and the consequences to those who must live within its parameters in society.
As a consequence to so much pathological abuse from childhood, I have chronic PTSD and health issues. I’ve read much about how chemicals and wiring in the brain are changed in a child who is experiencing extremes in abuse. A constant state of hyper vigilance, gives way to cortisol pumping through the body, adrenalin in the ‘on’ position, never turned off. I’m not only extremely sensitive emotionally, but also physically. The slightest loud noise can send me through the ceiling. My central nervous system is damaged. Things that ‘normal’ people can tolerate, I cannot now.
Many medical professionals disassociate chronic health problems from the brain, the mind, when in reality, the two are very much in sync with one another. Chronic health problems are chalked up to emotional/mental distress. Many diagnosis that were missed in the past year or two, due to this ‘stigma’ that some medical professionals have in that ‘it’s all in your head’. I’ve become very ill to the point where medical testing was necessary to ‘prove’ that my autoimmune and deteriorating spine, were in fact, real.
Being on medicaid has not helped this, as stigmas and hatred abound for the poor and the sick. I don’t want to imply that all medical professionals hold these views, but many of them do, allowing the poor to suffer far more than is necessary. But it’s more than just ‘medical professionals’ who fall into this category and the reasons for stigma’s existence. There is a subtle, yet obvious change going on within our own country that says psychopathy is at the wheel in positions of power. The ‘trickle down’ is not about some pseudo fiscal responsibility, but about hatred, intolerance and abuse of those who don’t measure up to a system that has become incredibly narcissistic, targeting many groups in society that are vulnerable. For me, this is easy to see, as the dynamics are strikingly similar to the psychopathology I was exposed to so much in my childhood.
I wish I could say I’ve never seen so much hatred and intolerance in my life, but that wouldn’t be true. I’ve reached the point in my life now, where there is no reason not to share how I perceive this, as it is a crisis of epic proportion and many, many people are being abused and wounded, people whose positions in life as ‘simpletons’ to the elite, are viewed as weak, voiceless and are now open targets for exploitation and abuse. We are a country that has normalized psychopathic behavior in power. We are a country where abuse is normalized in society. Those who are being abused are not only voiceless, but feeling more and more apathetic and hopeless, as if psychopaths in power cannot be removed from their positions. This is what psychopaths want us to think. Just as they want our silence in personal relationships when it’s over, they want our silence in society.
For those of us who have endured a lifetime of psychopathy, it’s our responsibility to speak up and not shut down. We cannot allow hopelessness or apathy to overcome us. It will not resolve what ails us so.
Recently, my therapist told me I had a ‘gift’. “You’re an empath”. I cringed. I’m not comfortable with this label. To me it implies ‘special’ in some way, it segregates me from others. It’s hoped that all of us have a level of empathy. My therapist vehemently disagrees with this position. She also shared with me that my ability for insight is astounding and that this is one of the reasons she enjoys working with me. I don’t have pretentiousness anymore. In some ways, I suppose she’s right, but it’s really not about this ‘gift’ I have, or the label that implies it, but more so what will I do with it to help make the world a better place.
Psychopaths and those without empathy do not like me. While I understand that not everyone will, this is different. I’m talking about the same level of hatred delivered at me, as it was as a child, because of this ‘knowing’ who psychopaths are, those who lack empathy. They are incredibly easy for me to see. They move among us as if real, compassionate and caring individuals, but only to those they manipulate and exploit. They are evil beyond evil and the vile that comes from their mouths, from their type is vicious, contemptuous and filled with hatred and chronic anger. There are also those who are passive aggressive, who appear to have some sort of definable intelligence and reason, but when exposed to their subject of hate, turn like rabid animals.
Creating and writing this blog has never been ‘safe’ for me in the real sense. It’s been an effort to not only support those victimized by evil, but also a vehicle of education through shared experience. There are times when this has been very scary to do and where targeting by psychopaths has occurred more than once here.
Not only do I see them. They see me too. They want to shut me down. They want me to close my eyes, to assume a position of vulnerability and of fear. Fear mongering by well meaning peers, were in part, the reasons I could not write. I make myself more vulnerable, more of a target for psychopaths, simply in writing about them. No one can be trusted. I understand how they feel, but if I take this position, it’s one more survivor who does not get the support they need. It’s one more abuser, in my mind, trying to shut me down, like all of my pathologicals did. It’s one more effort to silence a voice that God has given to me. I am not the greatest writer in the world and I come from a position of humility. I’m not interested in ‘sitting on high’, nor to elevate myself above others. I’m interested in being a small voice among many in helping to educate and hopefully and eventually eradicate, psychopaths in their positions of power. I’m interested in helping to encourage other survivors to speak up and out. I’m interested in sharing that all of this, while seemingly complicated in a world of divisiveness and polarization, is about the need for love and empathy in a world full of hate, contempt and intolerance.
My ability to love is not a source of shame. It is not something that is to be ridiculed, as if it’s something that is unattainable. Love and empathy are at the source of all that is good, all that will initiate change. All that will bring us together.
I visit political pages and blogs as much as I can or when I feel well enough to engage. I use this platform to engage others in seeing psychopaths at work. I’ve ‘met’ the most interesting people. In a few, I’ve been able to help them SEE through the superficial bullshit that psychopaths in power want us to see. Distraction and triangulation are all part of the psychopathic effort to keep us from seeing them and their tactics. Just like a psychopath or narcissist in relationships, similar dynamics are involved.
In our relationships with the pathological, we experience the manipulation/exploitation phase in the beginning. This is where the psychopath is most ‘energetic’. Whatever likes, loves or dislikes, HATE you have inside of you, the psychopath exploits this. Many survivors think it’s just all the ‘good’ inside that the psychopath is after, and none of the ‘bad’ stuff we carry within. That is not so. Just as we all have a ‘good’ side to us, we also have a ‘dark’ side and a psychopath is the first to exploit it. When this is happening during luring, it’s part of a game called ‘triangulation’. How many survivors have felt a ‘kinship’ with the psychopath in the beginning, while he demonizes that ‘evil bitch’ from his past? It’s a faux ego boost for the victim, its intent to harm another, a joining in alliance against perceived enemies of the psychopath. We witness the reaction of previous victims in his life, hysterical and riddled with rage or pain, subsequently validating the psychopath’s script about a previous partner. The truth is that we do not even know him/her. We assume the psychopath is telling the truth, through his myriad of pathological lies about his invented history, tailored to suit the new victim’s vulnerabilities. No, not all that he/she exploits is our good side, but one that produces a lack of empathy for others. We begin to MERGE with the disordered one, seated with him on high, as we unwittingly participate in his targeting of others.
When we think of vulnerabilities, we attribute them to something ‘soft’ and somewhat benign. Loneliness, grieving, loss, shame, pain. We don’t consider hate, intolerance or pathological religious zealousness as vulnerabilities. BUT THEY ARE. And psychopaths exploit this easily in others. Psychopaths target those with empathy as ‘character flawed’ as ‘weak’ and not strong, They exploit justifiable anger about hate and intolerance as ‘intolerant’. Such cognitive dissonance, eh? Everything they accuse those with empathy of saying and doing, they are saying and doing. Psychopaths and Narcissists are not just master manipulators, they are masters of projection. They will say or do anything to keep the masses in disarray, hate and confusion in order to fulfill their agenda, to get what they want.
When President Obama was elected, it opened a pandoras box. Those that I never suspected as harboring any form of hatred, are now transparent supporters of a psychopathic agenda. It has been shocking and painful to see this. Bigots that were in the closet before, are now openly targeting minorities. Psychopaths in power have ruthlessly used Obama to exploit closeted hatred in society. When I read comments on political pages, the hatred leaps off the page with a noise that is repetitive and overwhelming. There is an underlying sense of chronic anger. Recently, I saw two articles, exclaiming that a Republican Congressman believes that whites are being discriminated against. This is LUDICROUS, but a good example of projection.
I certainly feel hatred toward me from society, but not because I am white. I have never ‘suffered’ to the degree that my African American, Hispanic and Asian friends have suffered. I’ve never had white eyes upon me when I walk into a store, assessing me for potential robbery. I’ve never been put into a choke hold by cops hellbent on KILLING me. I’ve never experienced the contempt and unadulterated HATE out of WHITE person’s eyes, as I pass them in the streets. I’ve never been stopped by a cop because my skin color means I must be ‘shady’ in some way. I’ve never experienced targeting by others because of my SKIN color. We all BLEED the same RED, people!
I have been the target of ruthlessness because I live in poverty. I’ve been the target of stigma because I receive medical services via medicaid. I’ve been targeted by eyes that watch me as I pull out my SNAP card at the grocery store. I’ve been targeted and stigmatized because my disabilities are invisible. Trickle down is no longer the lie that can be upheld. Trickle down is now about hatred, and intolerance. Inequality, corporate psychopaths as PEOPLE, have left many of us hopeless in the hands of psychopathic POWER.
The recent Hobby Lobby decision by pathological members of SCOTUS was an interesting one. While many are screaming in divisive voice about the removal of women’s rights, and while this is very real, as psychopaths tend to be mysogynists, it is more than this. It requires us to look deeper into the issue and how we can easily discern a lack of empathy and compassion, a lack of conscience that is at the root of all that is wrong right now in government, politics and in society.
Hatred all by itself and in its many forms IS pathological. A lack of empathy means there is a lack of emotional intelligence. Psychopaths emotional intelligence rating is that of a 12 year old and that is a reach. With every pathological relationship, the psychopath eventually cannot maintain the energy required to keep a facade of empathy and emotional ‘intuitiveness’ because it doesn’t exist. This will be the ultimate ‘outing’ for a psychopath. Addicted to power and control, driven by dark and deviant forces, they feed off the energies of other people and there is no energy more powerful than hatred.
The ONLY power equivalent to this is LOVE. LOVE AND HATE CANNOT COEXIST. This is why our relationships inevitably fail, because most survivors are filled with empathy and love, while a psychopath is driven by POWER and CONTROL. Hatred is a vehicle used to get what the psychopath wants. All of his actions feel as if hatred to a survivor. It’s when a survivor begins to see the psychopath’s inability to carry on the faux empathy, when she/he recognizes his/her manipulation/exploitation to deprivation, to dependence, rinse and repeat, is when the psychopath is plotting his/her exit. And if the survivor fails to recognize it, or fails to allow awareness to supercede her denial, but her empathy is a constant presence in begging the psychopath to give to her EMOTIONALLY what he cannot, the survivor becomes an object of rage, hatred. . .and intolerance, hence the survivor is discarded.
We are seeing this in society. The dynamics of psychopath’s in power are precisely the same as they are in our relationships with them. There are abusers running our government, our politics and corporations. The rest of us in society are victims, whether we recognize this or not. We are victims of constant exploitation, whether of our hate, or of our kindness. But hate for a psychopath works better in this situation. Corporate media, run by corporate psychopaths, feed us daily with the various antics of psychopaths in power. While ALL media is guilty of exploiting emotions in their targeted audiences, there are one or two entities that are being utilized as weapons of exploitation upon vulnerable victims in society in their various forms of hatred.
Many people on my political pages say that ‘both sides do it’.
Without taking a ‘side’ to this and preferring to see the bigger picture, I can also say that NO both sides DON’T do it. To miss this is a mistake and an error that those who are frustrated with the current system or who are harboring some ill will toward a targeted ‘exploitee’ in society, want people to believe.
With all that you know about psychopaths right now, can you honestly say you’re on ‘their side’?
The law of attraction applies here. People will be drawn to entities and people that believe like they do. No one knows this more than a psychopath in a position of power. Just as the psychopath does with a new victim in his personal relationships in demonizing those that he hates, forming an alliance with the victim in that hate, so are the same tactics used by psychopath’s in power. The psychopath targets the victim in the first place because the victim has something the psychopath wants. Whether it’s control for fun, duping delight, money, a caregiver, whatever the reason, it is deceitful, malicious and hateful. But the ultimate goal is power. If we keep in mind that psychopath’s are addicted to this, it is relatively easy to see the ways and lengths they will go to achieve that power.
This is what I’ve seen out of one side. Keep in mind that I harbor no hatred in my heart for a specific group of people. I’m not blinded by hatred because of color of skin, class status, religion, sexual orientation. Hate and intolerance are repulsive to me as I’ve lived a lifetime of it out of psychopaths. I admit readily to hatred for intolerance, exploitation, harm onto others. I hate injustice. I pity those who harbor such forms of hatred. If there is hatred in my heart at all, it is for those without conscience, without empathy, who deliver their strategies upon innocents for the sole purpose of power over. Many lives have been taken or destroyed at their hands and while they will always be in our midst, it is RIGHT to remove them from positions of power where their deviant and hateful targeting of a large population of innocents is stopped or at least, greatly alleviated. I realize this is somewhat a utopian type cause, but one that I believe can be achieved if people learn to recognize that at the core of all of this hatred and intolerance, is a psychopath with a harmful agenda of POWER OVER.
One side is predominantly narcissistic and psychopathic. One side utilizes others to exploit and manipulate people in society who harbor hatred. One side has engaged heavily in using tax payer dollars, to deprive the American people of subsistence, of opportunity, of affordable education, of their personal rights, of food, of housing, of unemployment. Of JOBS. One side has obstructed progress and turned it into advocacy for regression of all forms and types. One side has used other entities to exploit a hate filled public with propaganda and consistent pathological lies in order to keep their power over. Fear, ignorance, stigma, stereotyping, profiling, wealth, are all forms to which one side has utilized to keep an uniformed public in hysterics, rage, chronic anger.
A veil slips over the eyes of those that hate, when their exploiters use code words meant to keep them mired in this highly charged and destructive emotion. This side advocates heavily for harm with deprivation policies that guarantee power is maintained. And since power for a psychopath is insatiable, their unwitting supporters are an addition to moving psychopaths into a position of power over all in creating a fascist state. This is not impossible to fathom, as with their addiction to power, their goal in achieving the ultimate, is not yet reached. As with every psychopath, whether in relationship or positions of power, they ultimately discard their supporters, maintaining only a select view that are so blinded as to support the psychopath’s agenda no matter what they do to harm others. We see this in victims of psychopaths, who are so dependent and so merged with him psychologically, that they cannot free themselves from the psychopath’s grip. This is the victim that is nothing more than an object to be further abused at the psychopaths whim and in which the victim is forever lost to her/himself, and whose very intake of oxygen is reliant upon the psychopath.
The other side is predominantly empathic, compassionate and progressive. This side advocates heavily for the rights of all. This side wants job growth. This side wants to see all American’s have the opportunity to engage in the process. They want ALL American’s to have the opportunity to realize their personal and professional BEST. They want us all to have education, to live in freedom, to help the poor, disabled and the elderly. They want to put a stop to racial hatred, hatred of the poor, hatred of the disabled. They care about those who are LEAST in society. This is the platform that is the very ESSENCE of what it means to be ‘liberal’. Is it at all a wonder why psychopath’s HATE liberals? The same reasons psychopath’s HATE their prior victims. When power over was no longer possible, when the victim wanted MORE than what the psychopath could give, which is LOVE and COMPASSION, the psychopath DISCARDS.
I’ve watched, observed and researched. I’m not allergic to facts, Hatred is so blinding that facts are not possible. Psychopaths hate facts. Part of ‘fact’ is in discovering who they are and what is their intent. I do not believe that all who are caught up in hatred, are without empathy or emotional intelligence. I’ve had the great pleasure to discuss with a few, their feelings of hatred and from where it comes. I’ve had the great pleasure of discussing psychopathy and what it does and how that vulnerability of hatred is being exploited for an agenda that will inevitably cause harm to all of us. I’ve spoken with people in other countries who have asked if our representatives in Congress are mentally ill. Even when there are times where hatred blinds, love can still be there. Empathy, even as a small seed within an individual, can grow.
Empathy and emotional intelligence go hand in hand. Empathy is not just about ‘loving others’, it’s also about loving ourselves. It’s about the ability to recognize the darker parts of self and to extrapolate and DEAL with it. It takes remarkable courage to admit that we have a blind spot, even if that blind spot is one of hate, of intolerance.
Not too long ago, I was at the grocery store with my son. These trips are exhausting for me. I pick up on facial expression, chatter, nuance. It is overwhelming for me. My son is aware of my disabilities and is empathic and kind, for which I am so grateful. One day, however I caught myself in a thought that had me feeling ashamed of myself. A woman ahead of me in line, overweight and with obvious inappropriate hygiene, began to put her groceries upon the conveyor to the check stand. I watched her face as she slowly unpacked her items, her head hung low and away from public scrutiny. As the conveyor moved past me making its way to the checker, I noticed that it was filled with candy, soda and other assorted junk food items. Then…she pulled out her SNAP card. Not paying attention to my thoughts, the stereotypes and stigma began to float through my mind, just as those on the political pages in their assertions of hatred for the poor and their assumptions that they are all parasitic and ‘abusing the system’. . .
When I realized what was happening in my thought process, I was horrified. I looked at this woman again and quickly changed my perspective to one of compassion. Briefly, she looked at me and smiled with a sad smile, illuminating my shameful thoughts. I felt that my thoughts could be read by all around me. I beat the shit out of myself all the way home. How could I have thought this way of her? It was then I began to realize, the subtle societal brainwashing of psychopaths in power and their propaganda machines. Stereotypes are filled with repetition, infiltrating the mind without awareness. I couldn’t believe, that for even a second, these were my own thoughts. The images of the ‘welfare Queen’ so vividly described over and over and over. . .are the images now part of our culture. I learned how spontaneous this thought is and how damaging to those who are its victims.
My situation, while dire and painful, has deepened my empathy. It has given me gifts that are so important in catching my own behavior, my own thoughts. It has given me the gift to see this beautiful soul in the checkout line, her face and appearance darkened by depression. An all encompassing feeling of hopelessness. I have thought a thousand times that I wish to run into her again and hug her. I know what it’s like to stand there in that line, for it takes courage to do so when you know that many more behind you are silently judging you. Whether it’s because they truly harbor hatred for you and what is perceived and assumed, or simply because subtle nuances in brainwashing and societal contempt can also make you a victim of exploitation of your own thoughts. Emotional intelligence and empathy,, allows us to cut through the hatred, to see psychopaths and their tactics and how easily we can fall prey..
Healthy people do not advocate for harm to come to others. Healthy people do not deprive or practice deprivation in policy or in heart, that create dependence and hopelessness for the sake of power and control. Healthy minded individuals do not harbor hatred in their hearts for others who are considered to be different, weak or sick. Healthy minded people advocate for empathy, love, compassion and peace. All of which is completely contrary to the capabilities and agendas of psychopaths. Healthy minded people also acknowledge and work to take care of their dark side. Whether it’s hatred, chronic anger, assumptions about others, passive aggressive rage, they will want this to be alleviated. EMPATHY allows such courage. It allows us to maintain our humanity.
Many wonderful people, human beings as they are, in the past have worked hard to underscore freedom, personal rights, compassion and LOVE. The quote included in the meme of this post is by a man I admire and greatly respect and whose message of love and compassion was something he died for. . .at the hands of a psychopath.
I do not agree with all of Barack Obama’s policies. Not in the slightest, but he has my utmost respect because he has endured far more than previous sitting President’s who were, IN FACT, guilty of crimes against humanity. Obama’s ‘crime’ is that he is black and a convenient weapon of exploitation. It is unimaginable to me, how this President has endured daily hatred out of those in society that others in power have worked so hard to exploit. It is a lie that they hate this President. They’re psychopaths. Obama is just a convenient ‘object’ as all individuals are, in exploiting others to get what they want. To fulfill an agenda that has nothing to do with ‘hatred’ in the sense that others believe in that it’s somehow about hating a black man. It’s far more devious than this. The agenda of all power and control, is one that has harmed all of us and one that will complete its destruction if allowed to pursue it’s course of power addiction. Those that support hatred for this black man in office are in reality, supporters of psychopaths in power who also bode their exploited supporters ill.
I’ve never, in my lifetime, seen a sitting President, treated in this manner. It is appalling and shameful. But the reality that he’s being used to exploit, is far more alarming. The wealthy have done well under Obama and most in Congress are wealthy. People often believe that ‘greed’ is the problem with these psychopaths. That is incorrect. Psychopath’s hoard money, for it is a symbol of POWER. These psychopaths have their names associated with their worth in lights, everyday. How power inducing do you think this might be to a psychopath?
Psychopaths in power are far more dangerous. They aren’t about utilizing their monies for the greater good, they are about utilizing it to obtain power in America. Over all Ameican’s. For a psychopath, this thought, this fantasy, must be incredibly intoxicating and the deviousness to which they will go to obtain that power is endless. Obama, their supporters, are merely objects to be used in meeting that ultimate agenda. They mean NOTHING to the psychopath.
One of the things that makes pathological individuals so dangerous, is that even when given the opportunity to use their power for good, they will not do it. There is no reward for them, for the wiring in their brains, where reward is creating harm and pain to other people. They love creating drama, triangulation, divisiveness. They writhe with glee in seeing people deprived of what they need or want the very most. A psychopath is powerless with an individual or community that is self sufficient, independent and allowed to grow. If we had an America right now, where we had jobs, where the poor, elderly and disabled were adequately cared for. Where after sending our vets off to war that was fought under false pretenses and LIES, that made psychopaths in power VERY wealthy, that we automatically assume for their care. Caring for other human beings, utilizing empathy and compassion, giving people opportunity to realize their personal and professional best, is not encouraging dependence. Another projection as psychopaths create this dependence through deprivation.
I want to leave this post with thoughts expressed by our President, a few years ago in a speech he gave.
“There’s a lot of talk in this country about the federal deficit. But I think we should talk more about our empathy deficit – the ability to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes; to see the world through those who are different from us – the child who’s hungry, the laid-off steelworker, the immigrant woman cleaning your dorm room.
As you go on in life, cultivating this quality of empathy will become harder, not easier. There’s no community service requirement in the real world; no one forcing you to care. You’ll be free to live in neighborhoods with people who are exactly like yourself, and send your kids to the same schools, and narrow your concerns to what’s going in your own little circle.
Not only that – we live in a culture that discourages empathy. A culture that too often tells us our principle goal in life is to be rich, thin, young, famous, safe, and entertained. A culture where those in power too often encourage these selfish impulses.
They will tell you that the Americans who sleep in the streets and beg for food got there because they’re all lazy or weak of spirit. That the inner-city children who are trapped in dilapidated schools can’t learn and won’t learn and so we should just give up on them entirely. That the innocent people being slaughtered and expelled from their homes half a world away are somebody else’s problem to take care of.”
An empathy deficit. We need to increase it.
Onward and upward.