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Why Empathy Is Important - An Awareness Article by S
Treating others how you want to be treated is fair and right, and it's easier to do this when you empathise with others. Understanding others helps you understand the big picture and look beyond stereotypes.
For instance, many people look at the homeless and immediately think such a person is bad, lazy, and completely responsible for their situation. Hypothetically speaking, that individual may have no family, friends, or other form of support, and this in fact may have realistically constituted their now homeless state. It is hard and often well nigh impossible to get ahead without support and love of some kind, preferably both. In the reverse, wealthy people could also be thought of as having had everything handed to them, even if, in reality, they had worked hard to get it. Nobody likes to be judged or stereotyped.
Empathy can help a person be compassionate towards others as well as get along better with others, like family members, coworkers, and friends, even those with differing views. When you put yourself in another person's shoes, it not only allows you to understand them better and change the way you react and deal with them, but also increase your patience and lower your blood pressure, allowing a more positive reaction. This can also allow you to avoid possible potentially fatal situations when dealing with bad people. It could save lives.
Detectives use empathy to help solve crimes as well as protect themselves and others. They strive to see what motivates criminals to carry out their heinous acts, and also to understand what the victims went through to piece together the mystery.
Selfishness nowadays is all too common. When everyone is only ever out for themselves, society as a whole can't advance and move forward. This also happens to be one of the reasons why the economy has gone downhill. Many sticks together are stronger than one. We are, all of us, stronger together than apart and a broader understanding of empathy would only make our lives and the community better.
We, all of us, are connected, in some way, under God. Like ripples in a pond, our every action affects our own lives as well as others.