Recovering Empathy

You have a lot of unpopular opinions. 

You are a separate entity from yourself when no one but the closest ones are looking! That distant part of your identity is locked away in a dark closet, in your basement…in your (imaginary) second house!

Why hide so much? Maybe you feel (or you know very well) that society couldn’t understand why you are the way you are. 

That’s not your fault.

The fault lies in the world for not making empathy a primary learning skill. The fault lies in the lack of societal ability to understand someone, like you can understand yourself. You do… understand yourself after all, right?

Either way, the inability to see other perspectives clearly has been ingrained since childhood. You were accepted as the ego-filled mini-human incapable of deciphering the rules of society until much later. While your guardians filled your mind with impossible goals to achieve, they shielded you from the horrors of life they battled every day until they were too vulnerable to keep the shield up. 

Then you learn about sympathy, tragedy, comedy created from tragedy, and taboos.

Then everything became a taboo. Therefore a part of yourself became a taboo too! 

We left that title in a box, in a corner of the room no one goes to unless they were caught.

It’s time to end all fallacies and taboos: sex is emminate, empathy, like morality, is taught, and we are all seeing the same picture; we simply don’t know how to express that so we can move on in human evolution. 

Stop hiding yourself from the world! People understand what they want to, if it will benefit them. How do we know you won’t benefit others, if you keep yourself locked away?

Side note: I have a lot of unpopular opinions!

Hmm, number one unpopular opinion?

It should be mandatory for every human to work as a restaurant server for at least a full year. 

Why? Because people don’t understand simple things like empathy, or humility. People don’t know how to listen to each other! No wonder robots are calling humans un-conscious! When the mask became the new societal fad, in-person communication became a lot harder. Humans began assuming conversational queues because they lost the patience to understand their neighbor. We might as well evolve human communication and learn sign language!

Why didn’t we learn sign language in primary school? We still have plenty of hearing-impaired individuals in our society.  Why don’t we learn multiple languages and master them in primary school? This nation was built on immigration!

We not only lack empathy for our own companions, but also for ourselves.

Why are we still using plastic, when we know it’s destroying the planet, our ecosystem, and ourselves?

Why aren’t we asking enough questions?

Unpopular opinion number two:

We were taught to divide and conquer. 

We were taught to separate ourselves from one another, and find our differences in language, in culture, race, ideas, and significance. “They’re not important, we are.” “ They don’t see things the way we do.”

Unpopular opinion number three:

We are meant to live WITH and FOR passion!

A lot of what we do now is to prove that we can fit into society. Buy the prettiest houses, cars, get the best careers. Do all of those make you happy? Do you feel passionate about the path of life you are living? Are you doing this for yourself or for others to approve? 

Our passion lies in what we truly want, and whomever we can share this with. Our passion doesn’t have a linear path to success. Our fulfillment is our success. Right now most people do not feel fulfilled… or passionate!

Passion can be shared and cared for in a community. Our passion can be empathized with instead of envied. 

We don’t understand each other enough. We don’t know what the self wants. We know not what the self can do for the other, nor what the other can do for the self. We have lived with walls so thick, we hear what we need to, and listen on occasions. We all want to talk about ourselves, but where to start? Who will empathize? 

You are a brand new species looking for answers and empathy. You are the creator of empathy and change. Let your unpopular opinions out, and seek out those that are willing to listen and learn. While some may think their intentions are to conquer the differences, we will all soon learn the real power behind your hidden passions…uncovered, unhindered. 

Published by Nonna

Inspired by the worlds around me, I created Nonna, an alternative healing spa and life coaching experience. Nonna heals the mind, body, and soul; for you are an interconnected metaphysical being capable of changing your life, understanding yourself and others around you, and manifesting what you need with the drop of a hat. The works of Nonna are as practical as they are eye opening! What if...we took the mystery out of life, and saw things for what they really are. What would you do, with what you know?

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