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Wednesday, 28 December 2016 22:20

Does Empathy Guide or Hinder Moral Action?

Written by  NYTimes

After a year of surprising election results and referendums, and violence in protests, terrorism and war, the term “empathy” has been citedbymany as a key component to helping groups of people that have little in common, or disagree, come together. But does empathy actually increase the ability of opposing parties to understand each other better, or otherwise inform correct moral action?

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I agree with the author. Empathy causes over reactions. Jamil seems to fee that over reaction is what stirs people to action and is necessary to garner the correct result. Nonsense - over reaction clouds thinking. Caring about others does not mean we need to waller in empathy and become totally involved in the problem of another person, class, neighborhood, etc. It simply means we acknowledge there is a problem and should delve into the "why" of it and possible solution(s). We do not have to get totally, emotionally involved.

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