The news is filled with the contenders for the 2016 election. The topics are Planned Parenthood, Immigration, Iran and the shapes of faces. Three out of the four that I mentioned have been bantered around for at least three decades. I listen and wonder what happened to the pulse of the American people. Are they taking it? What saddens me, there is a silent majority out there who find certain aspects of it despicable and yet that pulse is not being taken. The same comments that defame and demoralize are repeated over and over again. There are no boundaries and the fact that this is being allowed is a significant indicator as to the emotional intelligence of both the silent and the vocal.
What is Empathy? The Webster’s definition is : the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts, and experience fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner.
Let’s state it more simply. The ability to step into another shoes and experience what they are feeling and experiencing. Empathy can be communicated by sharing kind voices and keeping to oneself the voices that demean or defame. We as a nation are losing the ability to empathize causing the boundaries of human consideration and kindness to become not only blurred but destroyed.
Empathy is an EQ attribute and skill that is not innate and needs to be taught by the adult community to children of all ages. What is happening as a result of the 2016 election is that the spotlighted vocal are not empathetic human beings and they are giving permission to adults and children alike to totally disregard that human boundary and consideration. Bullies running amok and the bystanders allowing this behavior to continue and be glorified.
I am just one voice…join me in becoming vocal for empathy and human consideration and kindness. Let’s stop this now before it actually becomes an accepted part of our communities and culture. We can’t teach our children to stop bullying or cyberbullying if we adult bystanders don’t raise our voices for respect and integrity and most of all Empathy!