On The Importance Of Empathy

On The Importance Of Empathy

To look at life through another’s eyes is to expand your own mind and thoughts.
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Empathy is one of the abilities that makes us human. Without it, our society would spin into chaos. Empathy is often debated as either learned behavior or ingrained in our brain from birth; nature versus nurture. Either way, it is an essential element in our everyday lives, whether we are aware of it or not. The dictionary defines empathy as “the ability to understand and share the feelings of another” but it seems to be much, much more than that. Empathy can make or break any relationship; romantic, friendly, professional, or otherwise. It is a component in our lives that make us seem friendly, understanding, caring and loving.

Think of the person closest to you. Chances are, they’re extremely empathetic. You may find yourself confiding in them in your times of need, you may vent to them after a rough day, or you may share your excitement about an event that happened during your day with them. All of these things are what make empathy so important. A truly empathetic person is selfless. They will listen endlessly without question and will constantly offer support.

But empathy extends beyond our family and closest friends. In recent times, people of countless different backgrounds have suffered horrible tragedies. It is undoubtedly necessary for people around the world to be empathetic towards the victims and their families (blood or otherwise). Just in this past week there have been horrible events right here at home in Minnesota, Dallas, and Baton Rouge. While all differing scenarios, one thing should remain constant: our empathy for those involved. Instead of responding to hate with more hate, responding with empathy is the gateway for change. Change comes with understanding, and as the definition of empathy reads, understanding emotions and thoughts of those around you can pave the way to a brighter future. To label, discriminate, and outright hate those different from you without stopping to empathize is wrong — plain and simple. To refuse to be empathetic is to hinder your own growth as well as the growth of our society and culture.

“To understand and share feelings of another” is to change perspective. To look at life through another’s eyes is to expand your own mind and thoughts. It may take practice, it may seem unfair and useless, but when a person who you were there for in their time of need comes to you to thank you, it is a humbling and fulfilling experience. Give it a shot, walk a mile in someone else’s shoes.

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I'm The Girl Who'd Rather Raise A Family Than A Feminist Protest Sign

You raise your protest picket signs and I’ll raise my white picket fence.
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Social Media feeds are constantly filled with quotes on women's rights, protests with mobs of women, and an array of cleverly worded picket signs.

Good for them, standing up for their beliefs and opinions. Will I be joining my tight-knit family of the same gender?

Nope, no thank you.

Don't get me wrong, I am not going to be oblivious to my history and the advancements that women have fought to achieve. I am aware that the strides made by many women before me have provided us with voting rights, a voice, equality, and equal pay in the workforce.

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For that, I am deeply thankful. But at this day in age, I know more female managers in the workforce than male. I know more women in business than men. I know more female students in STEM programs than male students. So what’s with all the hype? We are girl bosses, we can run the world, we don’t need to fight the system anymore.

Please stop.

Because it is insulting to the rest of us girls who are okay with being homemakers, wives, or stay-at-home moms. It's dividing our sisterhood, and it needs to stop.

All these protests and strong statements make us feel like now we HAVE to obtain a power position in our career. It's our rightful duty to our sisters. And if we do not, we are a disappointment to the gender and it makes us look weak.

Weak to the point where I feel ashamed to say to a friend “I want to be a stay at home mom someday.” Then have them look at me like I must have been brain-washed by a man because that can be the only explanation. I'm tired of feeling belittled for being a traditionalist.

Why?

Because why should I feel bad for wanting to create a comfortable home for my future family, cooking for my husband, being a soccer mom, keeping my house tidy? Because honestly, I cannot wait.

I will have no problem taking my future husband’s last name, and following his lead.

The Bible appoints men to be the head of a family, and for wives to submit to their husbands. (This can be interpreted in so many ways, so don't get your panties in a bunch at the word “submit”). God specifically made women to be gentle and caring, and we should not be afraid to embrace that. God created men to be leaders with the strength to carry the weight of a family.

However, in no way does this mean that the roles cannot be flipped. If you want to take on the responsibility, by all means, you go girl. But for me personally? I'm sensitive, I cry during horror movies, I'm afraid of basements and dark rooms. I, in no way, am strong enough to take on the tasks that men have been appointed to. And I'm okay with that.

So please, let me look forward to baking cookies for bake sales and driving a mom car.

And I'll support you in your endeavors and climb to the top of the corporate ladder. It doesn't matter what side you are on as long as we support each other, because we all need some girl power.

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Arizona Is Known For Its Women Leaders

Twenty years after Arizona elected the "Fab Five," the first women Senators from Arizona were sent to Washington.

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The year is 1998, 4 years after the "Year of the Woman." Arizona elects five women to its top statewide offices. Four Republicans, and one Democrat. Governor Jane Dee Hull, Secretary of State Betsey Bayless, Attorney General Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Public Instruction Lisa Graham Keegan, and State Treasurer Carol Springer. The first state in the country to pull it off. Arizona has had a long history of electing women to statewide offices. Arizona elected five women to statewide offices as well as its first female Senator. This isn't new for Arizonans, they elected women into statewide office just in 2014, with Michele Reagan as Secretary of State and Diane Douglas as Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Arizonans are very civically independent people, they take their right to vote extremely serious. They do their homework on candidates, and even though Republican usually dominate here, they still choose the best candidate they see fit, whether they be male or female. Arizona now has two female Senators, Kyrsten Sinema, and Martha McSally, who was appointed back in December. Not only are we represented federally by women, but we are also represented by three women at the state capitol. Kimberly Yee, State Treasurer, Kathy Hoffman Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Katie Hobbs Secretary of State. Not only are they women, but two of them are Democrats. Back in 1998, four were Republicans and just one was a Democrat.

Although we Arizonans have elected several women into office, we are still seeing a shift in who represents us. Democrats made huge strides in the last election in the state legislature, and several think that 2018 was just the beginning. The Grand Canyon State is very picky when it comes to its leaders, and it has no fear of electing women. 2020 is less than one year away, and it will be interesting to see how Arizona not only votes for its state leaders, but also for President.

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