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Originally posted by TWINCPONE
For a guy I feel an unusually high amount of empathy in situations like this, but particularly when it's closer to my world personally. I don't deal with funerals of relatives very easily. I cry quite a bit for a guy in his lower 20's, when I think about something like this disaster but also the state of the world in general. I feel helpless and that only makes it worse.
It helps me to just open up to my mother sometimes when I'm overwhelmed. I've got a very short fuse so maybe I just experience emotion stronger than most guys or don't hide it as well (I think the latter).
I notice that there are a lot of seemingly emotionless zombies out there that just get off on being apathetic and making light of things that are deadly serious. Maybe that's a defense mechanism for people who seem to have stunted development for whatever reason (I've got my own ideas on that) but it pisses me off.
I know there are a lot of psychopathic personalities out there (especially towards the upper strata). I think the hyperconsumerist culture makes the majority of people who aren't mentally disturbed obsessed with themselves and trivial things.
Originally posted by nonnez
reply to post by LoveSoldier
That is a VERY good point. I think many, including myself at times, have lost touch with not only our emotion but ultimately with our humanity. We have been preconditioned to the point of indifference for what is happening around us, at least until we are hit in the face with it . . . maybe this is the wake-up that so many speak of?edit on 16-3-2011 by nonnez because: new thought
When I told them why, I was met with completey blank looks. It didn't even register on their faces. These were nurses. Parents. People. They simply didn't care or didn't allow themselves to care. Absolutely no empathy.
Empathy. The capacity to recognize and share feelings of hapiness or sadness of another person. To care. To love.