Compassion Precedes Action

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We’ve all heard the stories: a homeless person finds help, abuses the system, and then goes back out onto the street. These kinds of stories can make us jaded toward those who struggle with poverty, homelessness, and drug addiction. But what if we are looking in the wrong place to “fix” the problem? What happens when we throw off our …

Is Empathy Bad?

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Is empathy a good thing? In an era with a heightened sense of social justice, most people would not hesitate to say “yes.” What better way to motivate positive change in the world than empathizing with those who are suffering? Yet, some academics, like Paul Bloom, would argue the opposite; empathy is a bad thing, because it blinds us to …