It seems like we need empathy more and more, and are finding it less and less. At a time when people in poverty are considered “less than” there is something going wrong here. People are being blamed for things that are out of their control, but instead of receiving help, they are told they are “lazy”, or that somehow they caused all their own problems. When a business closes, it is not the fault of the workers. When the financial sector of the country crashes, it’s not the fault of the people in other sectors of business.
Our country needs to understand that we are a community, and not one of us stands alone. We need to help each other, when one falls, we all fall. It seems that we’ve taken “individualism” to a whole new level; and one that precludes helping others. Since when did we become so cruel? And, unfortunately when you take away social programs, it’s children who go to bed hungry. Is this the country that we want to be?
Instead of focusing on what we assume others have done, we need to listen to them and hear what they have to say. Compassion and empathy are at the heart of community and understanding. Be the person who listens and hears. The quote, “There but for the grace of god go I” is truer then we know.