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Building a Culture of Empathy

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a sense of empathy - is one that I find myself appreciating more and more as I get older. It is at the heart of my moral code, and it is how I understand the Golden Rule - not simply as a call to sympathy or charity, but as something more demanding, a call to stand in somebody else's shoes and see through their eyes. Like most of my values, I learned about empathy from my mother. Barack Obama, Audacity of Hope

It has been a while since I posted an article to Opednews. Previously I posted articles about 'what are progressive values' and the 'failure of conservative values'. My exploration of progressive values has lead me to the key role that empathy plays as a basic progressive and human value. For the past year I've been exploring this value and how we can go about, Building a Culture of Empathy. America has tried a Culture of Greed and Selfishness, it didn't work.

Alan Greenspan, a big proponent of the Culture of Selfishness said, "I found a flaw in the model that I perceived as the critical functioning structure that defines how the world works,"

We tried a Culture of Corruption, that didn't seem to work out -- and we're paying the price for that now. Maybe it's time to try a Culture of Empathy and Compassion?

In one project, I went through all of Obama's speeches and pulled out the sections where he talks about empathy. I've complied this into a 2 hour video. After seeing this video, it's quite clear to see that Obama campaigned on building a Culture of Empathy.

I also just sent out my Empathy Cafe: Building a Culture of Empathy and Compassion newsletter. I hope to post some articles here on Oped news about empathy in the coming weeks.


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Founder of the Center for Building a Culture of Empathy. The Culture of Empathy website is a growing portal for resources and information about the values of empathy and compassion. It contains articles, conferences, (more...)
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