Accounting for how our minds and bodies sync up during moments of care and concern helps us understand how we can perform hesed – acts of loving-kindness.
How does empathy differ from compassion? What are the best strategies we should employ to influence one another to be more caring?
The problem with empathy is that we tend to focus on what’s immediately in front of us, which means that we lose the opportunities to make a big difference.
Our reaction to Trevor Noah or Lena Dunham is not so much about them as it is about us.
Rev. Dr. Gawain de Leeuw, an Episcopal priest in White Plains, suggests that perhaps evil is rooted in our need to cover up that which threatens to make us discardable and invisible.
When we are in a position of power, we need to be that much more attuned to our responsibility to be empathetic and compassionate.