“Empathy is a universal solvent. Any problem immersed in empathy becomes soluble.” ~Simon Baron-Cohen
Empathy is defined as “a complex form of psychological inference in which observation, memory, knowledge, and reasoning are combined to yield insights into the thoughts and feelings of others. Empathy is a highly developed and sophisticated emotional response that references self and others. ”
The heinous violence and taking of innocent, sentient life worldwide, can neither be explained nor cured by choice of political party, religious doctrine, international defense strategy nor debate of weapon control. There always have been and always will be a way to violently do harm and take the life of another. Violence and cruelty occur because of a lack of human empathy. A compassionate, empathetic human being does not take action of harm against another sentient, living being of any species. All life taken by violence violates all of humanity
Can we control the senseless taking of innocent lives? Sadly, no, we cannot. Control is an illusion. We have never and will not ever control the actions, reactions, thoughts and even words of others. The only things we control are our own individual actions, reactions and words.
While we argue and fight among each other . . .
- Millions of humans worldwide are homeless and/or starving to death
- Worldwide war which only benefits those in political power is rampant
- Human life is being sold into slavery on the black market
- In the most inhumane and cruel ways imaginable, human and nonhuman animal alike are being mercilessly abused, imprisoned, enslaved, exploited, tortured and mercilessly slaughtered
- Our wildlife is being massacred to extinction
- We are abusing our planet to the point that it is crumbling beneath us
Someday The Planet will cease to exist. Someday the sun will burn out. We are not promised tomorrow. We are not even promised the rest of this day. This moment is all that we have. If we use this moment to channel our energies into making a positive difference in the lives of others, we will effect profound change of mind, heart and spirit. As we transmit from places of empathy and compassion, we strengthen in energy, frequency and vibration, affecting universal changes. These changes ripple and grow and affect the lives of others, not only in this moment, but vastly beyond this moment.
If we choose to spend this moment in argument, competition, debate, anger and words that hurt, what will we achieve? Nothing. I believe that this moment is the perfect moment to consciously shift to higher levels of consciousness. Today is a very good day to begin to act from the heart, not the critical mind, and to focus on becoming living examples of the peace we wish to see in this world.
I choose to
focusing on those things that build up,
and propel others toward compassionate choice and action.
to focus on and promote
the heroes of this world,
rather than the villains
(although one certainly cannot be illuminated without the other).
I choose to hope
that all of us will consider
the powerful opportunity
provided to us in this very moment
to make a profound positive difference
from where we stand
and through the act of
in unified, common, compassionate objective,
reach for the highest level of consciousness . . .
recognizing that the evidence of this higher level of consciousness will be
a significant and obvious increase in
From places of empathy and compassion,
please continue to unify and transmit.
Together we are changing the world.
~Gerean Pflug, The Animal Spirits