When we see someone fall, we make a face or say “ouch!”

Ever wonder why we feel that way when we are not the one feeling the pain?

In this post, we are going to address a very powerful word called EMPATHY.

Why do we empathize? And have we always been able to?

Here’s an awesome RSA vid by bestselling author, political adviser and social prophet, Jeremy Rifkin, that investigates why empathy is softwired into us and how it can save the entire planet earth!

Drop a comment and let us know what you think :)

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33 Comments

  • Dawn says:

    Great food for thought in a highly digestible format!

    I love these videos because they integrate both sides of my brain as I absorb the info offered. It's FUN to watch him draw these amazing pics as he speaks and the content seems to penetrate more deeply.

    I have strived for an empathic approach to all life for most of my life and have found it extremely difficult at times to see the dearth of empathy in the greater world. Rifkin's historic overview was insightful. It also connects with other concepts like chakra energies, the evolution of human consciousness and indeed, our expansion from family to tribe, to religion, nation and hopefully now – planetary community.

    Also interesting is the concept of "no empathy in heaven or utopia". I hadn't considered this before and am still tossing this notion around. I'm thinking about empathy versus compassion (synonyms of each other), about the 'sociopathic' personality which is defined by an absence of the capacity to experience empathy, and the nature of OUM/divinity/consciousness, which I have always perceived as ultimately a loving, compassionate awareness.

  • Leila says:

    I enjoyed this video. Thanks. It covered a huge spectrum of ideas with empathy at the centre and Jonathon Rifkin is probably right in saying that only if we can feel empathy for our fellow man will we be able to save the planet.

  • blerim says:

    this is soooo good.. .thank you, thank you

  • Dawn says:

    Great food for thought in a highly digestible format!

    I love these videos because they integrate both sides of my brain as I absorb the info offered. It’s FUN to watch him draw these amazing pics as he speaks and the content seems to penetrate more deeply.

    I have strived for an empathic approach to all life for most of my life and have found it extremely difficult at times to see the dearth of empathy in the greater world. Rifkin’s historic overview was insightful. It also connects with other concepts like chakra energies, the evolution of human consciousness and indeed, our expansion from family to tribe, to religion, nation and hopefully now – planetary community.

    Also interesting is the concept of “no empathy in heaven or utopia”. I hadn’t considered this before and am still tossing this notion around. I’m thinking about empathy versus compassion (synonyms of each other), about the ‘sociopathic’ personality which is defined by an absence of the capacity to experience empathy, and the nature of OUM/divinity/consciousness, which I have always perceived as ultimately a loving, compassionate awareness.

  • Nitehowl says:

    Interesting.

  • Amy says:

    I think he talks too fast and for me it makes it a little harder to sink in, as for him saying life is fragile and their is nothing after death I disagree, I have experianced things I couldn't have experianced through dreams as a child, I once trough a dream saw a bear kill me, I felt all the fear of being chased by the bear and it getting to me, then it all ended, but I was about 5 years old and had never even seen a bear, I live in the UK and we don't have bears here and there was no tv then. but there was no pain just ending. I have also had errotic dreams as a child with no experiance of sex or adult life, I don't know where that came from, so unless I have somehow picked up feelings from someone else then there must be have been something else before this life, I hope that makes sense.

    • Linda says:

      Amy, I did not understand him to say there is nothing after death. He simply stated we would not feel empathy for one another as we do in this life as there is no suffering in utopia, heaven, etc. He states that without suffering we can not empathize. I am not sure I agree with that but he did not deny "life after death". :)

  • Frances says:

    Great video… Thank you.

    What about the psychopaths?

    They are humans with no empathy.

    They are woman and men who fake it.

    We can detect them by the lack of mirror neurons activity and heart frequency, maybe?

    Before they rape, torture and kill?

    Before they manipulate others into these same behaviors using the tribal, religious, national identifications in conflict situations they engineer?

    Yes, the money donated by empathic people is BLOCKED (stolen?) by psychopaths and do not reach Haiti or other victimes of planerary plannerd attacks (HARRP, OIL SABOTAGE, ect…

    We are doomed as a species if we cannot heal our sick of heart people with no empathy…

  • Poojan says:

    very cool

  • Amy says:

    I think he talks too fast and for me it makes it a little harder to sink in, as for him saying life is fragile and their is nothing after death I disagree, I have experianced things I couldn’t have experianced through dreams as a child, I once trough a dream saw a bear kill me, I felt all the fear of being chased by the bear and it getting to me, then it all ended, but I was about 5 years old and had never even seen a bear, I live in the UK and we don’t have bears here and there was no tv then. but there was no pain just ending. I have also had errotic dreams as a child with no experiance of sex or adult life, I don’t know where that came from, so unless I have somehow picked up feelings from someone else then there must be have been something else before this life, I hope that makes sense.

    • Linda says:

      Amy, I did not understand him to say there is nothing after death. He simply stated we would not feel empathy for one another as we do in this life as there is no suffering in utopia, heaven, etc. He states that without suffering we can not empathize. I am not sure I agree with that but he did not deny “life after death”. :)

  • Frances says:

    Great video… Thank you.

    What about the psychopaths?
    They are humans with no empathy.
    They are woman and men who fake it.
    We can detect them by the lack of mirror neurons activity and heart frequency, maybe?

    Before they rape, torture and kill?

    Before they manipulate others into these same behaviors using the tribal, religious, national identifications in conflict situations they engineer?

    Yes, the money donated by empathic people is BLOCKED (stolen?) by psychopaths and do not reach Haiti or other victimes of planerary plannerd attacks (HARRP, OIL SABOTAGE, ect…

    We are doomed as a species if we cannot heal our sick of heart people with no empathy…

  • KHOMIKH says:

    Here's a short song I wrote on the topic; by the way i am bipolar, but then again who is what they're temporary label is 24-7-365? no one i know! "see one piece instead of pieces!"

    SOME THINK ELSE

    COOPED UP IN THE CUCKOO HUT FOR TWO YEARS AND SIX MONTHS, ALL FOR ONE NIGHT OF GETTING DRUNK – DOES THAT SEEM JUST?! – NO IT DON'T – SO I BUST THE CIRCUMFERENCE OF PHYSICAL EXISTANCE – FREE TO IMMERSE MYSELF IN DISPLACEMENT OF CONSCIOUSNESS – MENTALLY I VISUALIZE TRANSFERENCE – TEN DIRECTIONAL DIMENSIONAL OCCURRENCES OVERTURN THE NEGATIVE OVERTURES – UNTIL POSITIVE WAVELENGTHS FLOW – OMNIDIRECTIONAL TOWARDS THE WHOLE UNIVERSAL – DEPICT THE ENTIRE WORLD FULL OF PRICELESS TREASURE – INTANGIBLE, YET CONNECTED BY QUANTUM CORDS – I SEVER THE COINCIDENT NEVER TOUCHING UPON HOW I RIDE IT OUT TO THE FINAL INSTANT – WHEN I'M DUE NO MORE RESPIRATION WILL I REMEMBER WHAT I LEARNED THROUGH MEDITATION? – WILL I BE ABLE TO TAP INTO MY DESIRED LESSONS AND SUCCEED IN ACCELLERATION – MOVING MYSELF HIGHER IN ORDER TO EXHERT MY EMOTIONS, FEELING VICTORIOUS IN ANY GIVEN STUATION, COULD I FORGET IT ALL TO SET FORTH ANOTHER EXAMPLE? – RELEARNING SIMPLISTIC SYNTHESIS OF SPIRITUALITY, PHILOSOPHY, PSYCHOLOGY AND BEING FRIENDLY – SIMULTANEOUSLY HEROICALLY SCIENTIFIC FITS INTO MY CATEGORY – ALLEGORY – R.U.O.K.?! R.OUNDS U.NDERWAY O.N K.USHIONS WITH A KAY

    RUOK?! – IMRU?! – MIU? – IMU & UMI – BETTER YET – RMR! I&I!- OK – PRESENTED WITH IDENTITY CRISIS IN FULL AWARENESS AND INTENTIONALLY EMPLOYING METHODS WHICH CONTRADICT THE EXISTANCE OF BUILT-UP CONDITIONS – CONSIDERATION IN MOTION I'D RATHER MAKE UP MY OWN MIND – REPITITIOUSLY ENGAGING AND ALSO QUOTING – "OM MANI PEME HUNG" – ONE TIME FOR EVERY OCCUPANT TAKEN TO THE PROPER QUOTIENT SHOULD COLLAPSE THE MIRAGE THAT'S EVIDENT – TIME TICKS AND TOCKS TO THE TANGENT – BE IT MADE UP OF THE HOLDERS OF NECKBEADS OR BRACELETS – ONE-HUNDRED AND EIGHT OR ONE-THOUSAND AND EIGHTY – IN MEDITATIVE EMPTYNESS, ALL TOLD SOFTLY EFFECT THE FABRIC WOVEN SO SPACIOUS AND FOLDED UP BY INTELLIGENCE INTO EVENTS TRANSPIRING BEFORE ONE OR MORE OF OUR FACULTIES OF SENSE – SEEMINGLY SUCKERED INTO THE EXTERIOR AS AN INDEPENDANT EXPERIENCER – I KNOW BETTER FEELINGS COME FROM COMPASSION: THE SELF EXTENDER AND OTHER EXPRESSER – MAY IT RULE OVER ALL AS EMPEROR AND EMPOWERER

    COPYWRITE 2010 – LYRICS BY KHOMIKH =)

  • KHOMIKH says:

    Here's a short song I wrote on the topic; by the way i am bipolar, but then again who is what they're temporary label is 24-7-365? no one i know! “see one piece instead of pieces!”

    SOME THINK ELSE

    COOPED UP IN THE CUCKOO HUT FOR TWO YEARS AND SIX MONTHS, ALL FOR ONE NIGHT OF GETTING DRUNK – DOES THAT SEEM JUST?! – NO IT DON'T – SO I BUST THE CIRCUMFERENCE OF PHYSICAL EXISTANCE – FREE TO IMMERSE MYSELF IN DISPLACEMENT OF CONSCIOUSNESS – MENTALLY I VISUALIZE TRANSFERENCE – TEN DIRECTIONAL DIMENSIONAL OCCURRENCES OVERTURN THE NEGATIVE OVERTURES – UNTIL POSITIVE WAVELENGTHS FLOW – OMNIDIRECTIONAL TOWARDS THE WHOLE UNIVERSAL – DEPICT THE ENTIRE WORLD FULL OF PRICELESS TREASURE – INTANGIBLE, YET CONNECTED BY QUANTUM CORDS – I SEVER THE COINCIDENT NEVER TOUCHING UPON HOW I RIDE IT OUT TO THE FINAL INSTANT – WHEN I'M DUE NO MORE RESPIRATION WILL I REMEMBER WHAT I LEARNED THROUGH MEDITATION? – WILL I BE ABLE TO TAP INTO MY DESIRED LESSONS AND SUCCEED IN ACCELLERATION – MOVING MYSELF HIGHER IN ORDER TO EXHERT MY EMOTIONS, FEELING VICTORIOUS IN ANY GIVEN STUATION, COULD I FORGET IT ALL TO SET FORTH ANOTHER EXAMPLE? – RELEARNING SIMPLISTIC SYNTHESIS OF SPIRITUALITY, PHILOSOPHY, PSYCHOLOGY AND BEING FRIENDLY – SIMULTANEOUSLY HEROICALLY SCIENTIFIC FITS INTO MY CATEGORY – ALLEGORY – R.U.O.K.?! R.OUNDS U.NDERWAY O.N K.USHIONS WITH A KAY

    RUOK?! – IMRU?! – MIU? – IMU & UMI – BETTER YET – RMR! I&I!- OK – PRESENTED WITH IDENTITY CRISIS IN FULL AWARENESS AND INTENTIONALLY EMPLOYING METHODS WHICH CONTRADICT THE EXISTANCE OF BUILT-UP CONDITIONS – CONSIDERATION IN MOTION I'D RATHER MAKE UP MY OWN MIND – REPITITIOUSLY ENGAGING AND ALSO QUOTING – “OM MANI PEME HUNG” – ONE TIME FOR EVERY OCCUPANT TAKEN TO THE PROPER QUOTIENT SHOULD COLLAPSE THE MIRAGE THAT'S EVIDENT – TIME TICKS AND TOCKS TO THE TANGENT – BE IT MADE UP OF THE HOLDERS OF NECKBEADS OR BRACELETS – ONE-HUNDRED AND EIGHT OR ONE-THOUSAND AND EIGHTY – IN MEDITATIVE EMPTYNESS, ALL TOLD SOFTLY EFFECT THE FABRIC WOVEN SO SPACIOUS AND FOLDED UP BY INTELLIGENCE INTO EVENTS TRANSPIRING BEFORE ONE OR MORE OF OUR FACULTIES OF SENSE – SEEMINGLY SUCKERED INTO THE EXTERIOR AS AN INDEPENDANT EXPERIENCER – I KNOW BETTER FEELINGS COME FROM COMPASSION: THE SELF EXTENDER AND OTHER EXPRESSER – MAY IT RULE OVER ALL AS EMPEROR AND EMPOWERER

    COPYWRITE 2010 – LYRICS BY KHOMIKH =)

  • Shosh says:

    Beautiful video, thanks, I loved it. We are all ONE, even though we sometimes tend to forget it. What we do to others is really what we do to ourselves. We should ponder on it.

  • sune says:

    WOW!!!
    This is magnetic..!!!
    Thank you so much for the open discussion of common origin and accepting all beings as ONE!!
    Thank you!!!

  • sune says:

    WOW!!!
    This is magnetic..!!!
    Thank you so much for the open discussion of common origin and accepting all beings as ONE!!
    Thank you!!!

  • Sylvy says:

    I have been thinking like that for a long long time and am very trill that someone has been able to illustrated and explained, what I have always felt. Great work

  • Sylvy says:

    I have been thinking like that for a long long time and am very trill that someone has been able to illustrated and explained, what I have always felt. Great work

  • whitemare says:

    This is thought-provoking and makes me think that there's hope for us even yet. We have a long way to go. The old values are entrenched in some psyches too deeply to erase. Children should learn this. Let's start small, and resolve to do something every day that will increase the force of our personal empathy. Start with the family. There's a whole lot we can do in our own houses to start this revolution.
    Let's go.

  • whitemare says:

    This is thought-provoking and makes me think that there's hope for us even yet. We have a long way to go. The old values are entrenched in some psyches too deeply to erase. Children should learn this. Let's start small, and resolve to do something every day that will increase the force of our personal empathy. Start with the family. There's a whole lot we can do in our own houses to start this revolution.
    Let's go.

  • Agnita Gregoire says:

    funtastique! What do you know when its put right in front of your face in real empathetic mode……there is no way we will not understand……the coolest video in modern times. The artistic combination is mind satisying.
    For now, I won't think about heaven, cause i am not there yet…..let me just deal with the earth. one step at a time
    and when I have done well what I have to do, from my super understanding of myself and my extended family
    the earthlins…then we can talk about heaven…..let it be so…….I just love when a plan comes together in this universe, it impels us to realise that we are nearer than ever before…… Thanks for giving me the opportunity to see this. One Love.

  • Agnita Gregoire says:

    funtastique! What do you know when its put right in front of your face in real empathetic mode……there is no way we will not understand……the coolest video in modern times. The artistic combination is mind satisying.
    For now, I won't think about heaven, cause i am not there yet…..let me just deal with the earth. one step at a time
    and when I have done well what I have to do, from my super understanding of myself and my extended family
    the earthlins…then we can talk about heaven…..let it be so…….I just love when a plan comes together in this universe, it impels us to realise that we are nearer than ever before…… Thanks for giving me the opportunity to see this. One Love.

  • Suchi says:

    A much needed idea to spread stated in a very effective style. very good evolutionary background. Would want every one I know to see this video.
    GREAT!

  • Suchi says:

    A much needed idea to spread stated in a very effective style. very good evolutionary background. Would want every one I know to see this video.
    GREAT!

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