Teaching Empathy

August 3, 2018

 

The sad face emoji is not an expression of empathy.

 

Having empathy means that you value someone’s current position in life. It is more than the click of the mouse.

 

We are more connected than ever. You may have 2,000 Facebook “friends” but they are more like acquaintances than people with whom we have meaningful relationships.

How many of them would help you move? That is the true benchmark of a friend. :)

 

The heart emoji. The angry emoji. These are as close to artificial intelligence as we can get without 100% human-less automation. With the click of a single button, you can feel good about a cause or make your political views known to the world. Yes, that makes you angry, but what are you going to do to make the world better.

 

When we see something sad, it may also make us sad, but only for 2 seconds. We forget about it quickly and are not motivated to ACT.

 

Siri,

Can’t you visit grandma in the hospital?

 

Computers can not feel, but like autoresponders in our email, we are now starting to autorespond our affection and other gestures that make us human.

 

The stereotype of old was the executive whose secretary reminds him of he and his wife’s anniversary. He would then order flowers. The next year, he determined that it would just be easier for them to send the flowers. The secretary began sending gifts and flowers on his behalf. That makes you all touchy-feely doesn't it?

 

Fast forward a few years and you probably have your own secretary named Alexa or Siri. They’re able to learn your habits, likes and dislikes even make choices for you.

 

There is nothing quite like a handwritten note. Today, you can now even automate the most personal of actions that we have left like a thoughtful letter. There are services that use printer-like machines that use real pens to write (AND indistinguishable from your own handwriting!)  

 

We’ve made it so easy to express our opinions that they don’t mean anything anymore.

 

Excerpt: Empowered Kids. To read more, you can purchase 'Empowered Kids' at https://www.tkdcary.com/product-page/empowered-kids-the-book

 

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