Reva Robillard

I Learn, I Wonder, I Admire, I Wish, I Hope...
Edmonton, Canada

About Reva

Areas of Expertise

Neve make a discovery if you never make a mistake- Einstein.

An idea worth spreading

"We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started... and know the place for the first time."

-T. S. Eliot quoted by Robert McNamara in the documentary 'The Fog of War'.

I'm passionate about

Learning, Human Rights, Fair Trade, Environment, Biodiversity, Heritage and Heirloom seeds, Living Local, Compassion, Empathy,

Universities

University of Alberta

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Reva Robillard
Posted over 3 years ago
Is it possible to find empathy through the internet?
I think the internet opens doors for multiple intelligences to express empathy on a variety of platforms in front of a variety of audiences from the 'privacy' of their 'space'. Empathy is very difficult to express for many people, verbally. On the internet, there are so many other ways of delivering empathy be it through the written word, in a song, through art, poetry, pictures, donations, involvement with social, political action agencies, being part of a social network, online chat groups, therapy groups etc.... These interactions make a person, who feels down, hurt or upset, more connected with the world around him/her. I feel it is this basic need, this connectivity, most living beings yearn for their entire lives. Being able to 'feel' for someone else, empathy, is being able to 'connect', feel 'with', be 'with', feel good and bad for the person you are connected to. The internet provides many platforms for this connectivity. Are we really 'alone' in this sense'. I just feel that we are really looking hard at 'redefining' the parameters of what 'living life' really means. The internet has opened up the doors for so many 'traditionally' 'non-social' people who found being in crowds crippling. Now many of these people can say they have a 'life', feel connected and have found empathy just by being wired.