Learning to be Empathetic Without Feeling Threatened

Learning to be Empathetic Without Feeling Threatened

Our natural instincts serve us well, to a point. They’re self-protective and that’s healthy too, to a point. Let me explain. Recently, I was at a football game with a number of friends. We arrived at the game in two cars and parked in the stadium’s underground parking...
Moving Beyond Criticism and Anger to Deeper Empathy

Moving Beyond Criticism and Anger to Deeper Empathy

Recently, I attended a symposium where the keynote speaker was a man exactly my age. Because we had both lived through the same cultural and religious changes in our lives, I resonated with much of what he said and with how he felt about things. And in his assessment...

Think Twice When You Rationalize Your Moral Outrage

Moral outrage is the antithesis of morality. Yet it’s everywhere present in our world today and is everywhere rationalized on the basis of God and truth. We live in a world awash in moral outrage. Everywhere, individuals and groups are indignant and morally...

Where Are Schools’ Standardized Tests for Empathy?

My math teacher daughter has a poster in her classroom that reads: “Today I will give you two tests. One will be in math, and the other will be in integrity. If you have to fail one of them, let it be the math one.” The pressure in schools, on students and...