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Ronald Vallecer

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1000 or more ways to describe empathy

Humans are social beings, and so too are ideas. An idea worth spreading I think is definitely EMPATHY! What does it mean to you? I'll start, for me empathy is the very fabric of humanity. From the onset of birth, facial, voice pitch and tone analysis enables the very beginning of a non-observable behaviour of understanding the emotions and thoughts of another sentient being. The ability or inability to empathise, for me is the greatest determiner of the quality of living, that is right! Not money, not valuables nor possessions! Everything we know about life, their value are all reflections of how we perceive them, which is in turn based on how we perceive our loved ones, friends, lovers, pets, society in general values them! What ever we do, whether we watch TV, surf the net, suicide bomb, scuba dive, even when we are in the most remote places of earth alone in solitude, our thoughts, our thoughts are never ours alone! A powerful weapon indeed! So there it is, Empathy, lets talk about it for a month, and perhaps with our collective perspective, we can make the world a better place, simply just by spending more time thinking about what others think and feel.

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    Oct 15 2012: May I suggest a further resource to learn more about empathy and compassion.
    The Center for Building a Culture of Empathy
    The Culture of Empathy website is the largest internet portal for resources and information about the values of empathy and compassion. It contains articles, conferences, definitions, experts, history, interviews,  videos, science and much more about empathy and compassion.
    http://CultureOfEmpathy.com
  • Oct 10 2012: Hearing the carefree laughter of a child, and then laughing without knowing why.

    Seeing my wife smile, and the universe disappears for a moment.

    When I read about a child starving, I dare not let myself feel.
  • Oct 10 2012: Empathy is like an invisible bridge from my heart to yours.

    Empathy is what makes me stop .. when I am tired ... take a moment to listen to another person and realize that I am not alone .. the other person may be tired too .. . and with this knowing, together, we may still be kind and patient with eachother and even more understanding if/when one of us fails in this effort.
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    Oct 9 2012: i love that feel ,many times when i listen music i may get touched by its words .i dance i twist and often i forget i am doing ,i think we human being are born free.and somethimes i may forget the surrounding .and totally addicted in myself,so that i am being laughed .

    we are all emotion animals and we are often easily moved by some wonders or maybe the just difference ,that is what we should learn .i will tell you a love story ,when i am 16years old i made my first girl friend .she is a very excllent
    student ,and i often touched by her little behavior ,because i am a lodging student ,i can not wash my clothes in winter ,as usual.i often mail to my mother ,one time she want to help me wash my clother and it is a weekend .so i go to her house.when i enter her room i got shocked .she looks like a skilled one ,and she can cook and many other skills . maybe it is "i am to bad " so Highlight her advantages ,but indeed she is a excllent girl i met. i often think of that .

    we are very easy to be moved .that is what i want to say .