Thursday, June 15, 2006
A Few Thoughts on Empathy
Quotes on empathy
1. The greatest virtue of Dr. (Martin Luther) King - to quote from his tribute to Dr. W.E.B. DuBois - was his committed empathy with all the oppressed and his divine dissatisfaction with all forms of injustice.
2. He (Dr. King) did not criticize white people. He understood they were as they were because of their backgrounds and experience. He appealed to whites as good neighbors:
The good neighbor looks beyond the external accidents and discerns those inner qualities that make all men human and, therefore, brothers.
He was saturated with empathy and he requested that whites feel the same empathy towards blacks. He was merely requesting that white Americans live up to their professed ideals. King proclaimed:
"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools."
3. "The most valuable things in life are not measured in monetary terms. The really important things are not houses and lands, stocks and bonds, automobiles and real state, but friendships, trust, confidence, EMPATHY, mercy, love and faith."
- Bertrand Russell
4. "I do not ask how the wounded person feels. I simply become that wounded person."
- Winston Churchill