The End of Empathy
This issues discussed in this article remind me of this Bible verse:
Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold…
The End Of Empathy by Hanna Rosin
…Americans these days seem to be losing their appetite for empathy, especially the walk-a-mile-in-someone’s-shoes Easter Sunday morning kind.
…Konrath [associate professor and researcher at Indiana University] collected decades of studies and noticed a very obvious pattern.
Starting around 2000, the line starts to slide.
More students say it’s not their problem to help people in trouble, not their job to see the world from someone else’s perspective.
By 2009, on all the standard measures, Konrath found, young people on average measure 40 percent less empathetic than my own generation — 40 percent!
It’s strange to think of empathy – a natural human impulse — as fluctuating in this way, moving up and down like consumer confidence. But that’s what happened. …
….The new rule for empathy seems to be: reserve it, not for your “enemies,” but for the people you believe are hurt, or you have decided need it the most. Empathy, but just for your own team. And empathizing with the other team? That’s practically a taboo.
And it turns out that this brand of selective empathy is a powerful force.
….Breithaupt called his new book The Dark Sides of Empathy, because there’s a point at which empathy doesn’t even look like the kind of universal empathy I was taught in school.
There is a natural way that empathy gets triggered in the brain — your pain centers light up when you see another person suffering.
But out in the world it starts to look more like tribalism, a way to keep reinforcing your own point of view and blocking out any others.
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