Empathy – the ability to understand and share the feelings of others
In our day and age of technology and social media, we have lost our sense of empathy. We comment, reply, respond, message, post, tweet, snap things that we would NEVER EVER say to a person’s face.
Most people could (hopefully) read the emotion on someone’s face when they were in person. But behind our screens we lose all decency and empathy.
Some atrocious new story such as a kidnapping or murder occur, and we comment on the FB news station page, “well they shouldn’t have been doing xyz”. Maybe our words of sympathy or a simple scroll on by would be better. The families read those comments as do others who might be in a similar situation.
Our food order is wrong at a restaurant, we run to social media and complain. A tweet costing an employee, that made a simple mistake, demerits at their job. Maybe just let it go, or a call to the restaurant without informing the universe. The entire world is short staffed, we could be a little more gracious.
A decision in government is made that could possibly benefit a neighbor but also weigh another down, we cry foul and complain either way. Most of the time voicing our opinions on social media isn’t going to change things, let’s use our voice at the polls.
We post generalizations that are inherently true, but we have a dear friend suffering and their feelings are completely overlooked because a point must be made on Facebook to our “rightness”. Must it be said, do we consider our friend?
A lack of empathy behind the screen will eventually lead to a crass society. I truly don’t think we are there yet. I think most folks have empathy in real life. But I do think we are on a slippery slope. We cannot win souls with an ugly attitude!
I Peter 3:8-9 (but keep reading – good stuff right there!)
8 Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.
9 Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing