posted on Jan, 17 2010 @ 02:17 PM
Compassion and Empathy: Natural, Learned or Non-existent?
I'm curious to know if people are born with compassion and empathy, or if they are emotions that are learned, and why some people who for whatever
reason, lack even an ounce of empathy or compassion for anyone or anything.
I'm talking about being able to understand and care about another person's situation and to posses compassion toward another human being. Are
empathy and compassion becoming obsolete?
I have been disgusted as I've read several posts on this board. It's not something I've just noticed, but now with the recent devastation in
Haiti, I've been seeing more and more posts that make me wonder.
I've taught my children to be empathetic and compassionate towards others, but I like to think that they were born with these emotions and I've just
reinforced those feelings in them.
If these are learned traits, then it is up to the parents to teach your children about honesty, compassion, empathy, sympathy, sincerity, kindness,
morality etc. Are you letting your children down? Are you raising another emotionless child that has no morals and shows not one shred of compassion
towards someone who is hurting? These emotionless children are the ones growing up caring only about themselves, or worse yet, are the ones who are
filling up our prisons because of heinous crimes they've committed against others. And for the record, I'm not saying every emotionless person will
commit an act upon others, but I would bet my last dollar that most of the people in prison for committing crimes against others lack any
understanding of compassion or empathy.
No, you don't have to have religion in your life to be a good, decent person, who cares about others.
Are some people born lacking these traits?, ......can they be learned?, or .....is there no hope for some?
I would like to know if I'm the minority, or if there are others who think like I do.