#9: In a Time when Empathy ain't Enough

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1.  Does this look like the face of a man who would ask you to reconsider the value of empathy? And to downgrade it a bit from its lofty perch to make some extra room for compassion? It turns out empathy can be quite passive and heavy: by feeling what someone else feels, you take on their pain as your own which can often feel hard and weighty. It's a necessary first step of turning away from ourselves as the center of everything, but then what?

Compare with compassion, which is an active movement of healing toward the other, so that you're not merely holding the weight, but healing it. Listen to Flint Sparks––a walking fountain of benevolence––give a powerful and insightful talk about the difference. 

 

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2. So all the scientists got together for years in a room of old clunky typewriters, pounded the keys, and whipped up quite the indictment of our collective human fuckery, pardon the understatement: 

"The climate of the United States is strongly connected to the changing global climate. The statements below highlight past, current, and projected climate changes for the United States and the globe.

Global annually averaged surface air temperature has increased by about 1.8°F (1.0°C) over the last 115 years (1901–2016). This period is now the warmest in the history of modern civilization. The last few years have also seen record-breaking, climate-related weather extremes, and the last three years have been the warmest years on record for the globe. These trends are expected to continue over climate timescales.

This assessment concludes, based on extensive evidence, that it is extremely likely that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, are the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century. For the warming over the last century, there is no convincing alternative explanation supported by the extent of the observational
evidence."
 

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Go find yourself a solid wood bench underneath a tree somewhere and read the whole thing here. Character depends on knowing the truth, no matter how frightening it may be.
 

 

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3. When Dr. Jung was asked the question “Will we make it?” He always replied, “If enough individuals will do their inner work.”