The Argument for Empathy
“Understanding is the other name of love. If you don’t understand, you can’t love” — Thich Nhat Hanh.
In the political climate that we live in, it’s very easy to give in to feelings of frustration, despair and anger while simultaneously wanting the world to be a more loving and kind place. These seemingly two contradictory experiences — where we feel such strong, negative emotions internally and long for love to be the norm — are not as diametrically opposite as one might suspect.
Let’s start by looking at painful emotions. One of my more recent books, Love…