Empathy: The capacity to share or recognize emotions experienced by another.
Pity: The feeling of sorrow and compassion caused by the suffering and misfortunes of others.
Sympathy: Feelings of pity and sorrow for someone else’s misfortune.
Intelligence: The ability to learn or understand things or to deal with new or difficult situations.
Ignorance: A lack of knowledge, understanding, or education.
There is a great deal of difference between recognizing and understanding the emotions of others and feeling sorry for someone.
Pity and sympathy are felt when one feels someone else’s life is unfortunate because that life is not like theirs.
To empathize with another person one recognizes that everyone has the right to make decisions in their life that you wouldn’t necessarily make in your own.
Empathy allows us to understand one another without judgement, knowing that living life is different for everyone and that everyone is doing their best, with the knowledge they have, to survive their environment.
It is the knowledge that an individual has that allows him or her to understand things and deal with difficult situations.
The more limited the knowledge base, the more limited the choices for decision making.
It is not financial poverty that maintains a “lower class” in America. It is the lack of our current system of education to provide our children with experiential learning that precipitates and perpetuates the ignorance that insures the profits of the “hedgehogs”.
Without understanding one cannot empathize, we can only sympathize and have pity for those who have not received an excellent education and therefore do not have the bank of experiences necessary to understand things or to deal with new or difficult situations.
To become empathetic, caring about how others feel, our children must experience life not pass a test.
The only way to change the outcome of education, making it successful instead of profitable, is to provide every child in America with an experiential, developmentally appropriate, curriculum that is founded in the Arts.
An excellent education connects our children to their world, intelligently and with empathy.
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