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Are we slowly losing empathy?

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I write because I can type. I can type because I have a keyboard.

I am a new age Australian resident that is experiencing this new continent with a fresh set of eyes. 

I write on a wide range of topics. Well, I write on food. There you have it, I write on a wide range of food as well. 

My social media and newsfeeds are filled with horrendous content and information that only leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth.

Are we slowly losing empathy?

The time for empathy is now.

The time for empathy is now. Picture: Shutterstock

I have been getting saturated with the news lately. Not that it has got any better over the years. But at least sometimes in the past, there used to be something to read and feel good about on a regular basis.

Today, my social media and newsfeeds are filled with horrendous content and information that leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth. It makes us think that people today are not up to any good.

The information age is supposed to bring us closer, or make us more understanding. Unfortunately, it hasn’t. We really aren't interested in what other people’s feelings are. It's not that we should be bothered what others do - but shouldn't we at least care?

We no longer seem empathetic. But there are mild aberrations to this. When 20 or 30 people die in the developed world, we make a big deal about it. This dies down faster than speeding bullet, though. However, when thousands die in a third world country, we act and behave like they deserve it. That isn’t empathy. It's double standards.

One of the reasons civilisations survived for years and years together was because of a basis of understanding. For example, this was an inscription I read many years back:

“Mortal! I am Cyrus son of Cambyses, who founded the Persian empire and was King of Asia. Grudge me not then my monument.”

The success of the Persian Empire was not based on the cruelty, as depicted by the Greek historians, but the inclusiveness of various people, their traditions and their customs. Tolerance and empathy worked hand in hand to make kingdoms and governance what they are. But it all started at the grassroots. They understood what the other person meant.

We don’t have that anymore. We choose to call out a spade a spade if it conveniences us. If not, we aren't bothered. This is not how it should be.

We need to start educating ourselves. Parents, teachers and society as a whole should actively engage themselves in matters that are right, honest and empathetic. If we don’t, we really don’t have anything positive to look forward to.

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