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  • Sachi Kobayashi

    Really, it is so important to listen. That is very often the first step towards empathy. Lately, when people ask me what I want to do, I say I want to be a better listener.

    • Alessandra Rizzotti

      I just wrote an essay about that. Asking what people need is so necessary to get to the root of what's possible.

  • Kristin Pedemonti

    concur 100% and respond with a TEDx in Poland regarding connecting with "Strangers" (there are No Strangers) when we take a moment to reach out and then to listen, we realize we have far more in common than imagined. Empathy is one of the Keys to Understanding each other and collaborating more fully within and across cultures, ages etc. Thank you for posting this! HUG

    • Jelena Woehr

      I think the first thing I posted here was about literary fiction increasing empathy -- and I think empathy is what the writers of great literary fiction have in spades that makes them able to articulate so many types of human experience, even those much different from their own. I love what Toni Morrison says about writing The Bluest Eye in a way that refused to allow the reader the opportunity to write off any character as a "monster," instead choosing to show without judging (but also without pardoning) the roots of monstrous choices and how they are spawned by others' choices even many generations back.

      I love how this is a virtuous circle: Empathy fuels creativity, and enjoying the result of a great writer's creativity gives you empathy!