Do you have a minute? Sorry for the Inconvenience.

ADD . . . and-so-much-more

Tough Love Lessons
from an Empathy Deficit Society

© Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
from the Walking a Mile Series – Part I

“There, but for the grace of God, go I”

Not my problem, not my business?

Our society seems to be rapidly moving to a state where it is empathy-averse. The next few posts are my attempt at trying to change that sad reality in some small fashion by telling my personal story. It is time

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Many who are still able to care what happens to others take the “wait and see” approach, hoping perhaps that some of the problems will resolve without their involvement.

I have noticed it most overtly in response to current political actions of late, but I have always seen it most pervasively in the continuing lack of Mental Health Awareness.

That attitude troubles me greatly.  We need each…

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6 thoughts on “Do you have a minute? Sorry for the Inconvenience.

  1. I absolutely love this, Kate. Empathy is diminishing. As a teacher, I hear stories about elementary school children that just don’t have it. By then, it might be too late. They’re at the the crossroads of doing what is right or following a different path. Thank goodness I read-aloud books like Charlotte’s Web and have long, deep conversations with my preschoolers. That’s where empathy needs to start.

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    1. I totally agree, Jennie – the earlier kids learn to empathize, the more ingrained the lesson. Certain books are a great way to encourage young children to think about the effects of their words and actions – *especially* if they haven’t yet been exposed to how it feels personally. As we grow older it’s more difficult – tho’ not impossible – to learn to empathize without having to be personally affected by something similar.

      KATE: Thanks a million for reblogging Part-I of my personal story.

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