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The ability to identify with or understand another’s situation or feelings, Empathy is a distinctly human capability.

How many of us have recently reached out and touched someone to share in their sorrow or happiness? We express this in a hug, grasping of a shoulder, simple reaching out to hold their hand, a phone call, a simple verbal response, etc…

In today’s world, we are losing our ability to be more intimate or empathetic. We use our electronics devices for every means of communication.

We no longer verbally talk to people. Text messaging, e-cards, and e-mail have replaced our voice in communication. We have lost the ability to show intimacy with that person. We no longer hear their emotion. We only see it displayed on our device in short abbreviated text or emoticons.

Our display of photos on social media, though very nice, still has no emotional connection. How many pictures have you looked at and thought “wow, great picture!” We may even give it a like or a short comment. There is still no verbal communication or exchange of emotion. The person who posted those pictures doesn’t even know if you saw them. At times it can be a surprise if by chance you meet up with the poster or someone in the photos and talk about their trip, party, kids, etc.  And they are surprised at your knowledge especially, if they were not the person who posted the picture on social media.

That’s a whole other issue – do you really want people knowing your business posted by someone else?

How about the latest, newest way of greeting someone–the elbow bump instead of a good heartfelt handshake. Where’s the intimacy in that? Definitely not a way to express a feeling of good to see/meet you or empathy.

We are losing our human way of communication. We as humans were given the ability to express who we are through our facial expressions, body movement, voice intonation, tears, laughter, and even our signature. Can you express that in a txt, an emoticon or social media post?

I think it is sad that we are creating a generation that not only is losing their uniqueness but learning and seeing an unemotional means of interaction. How can we learn empathy if we cannot and do not express or show it in our unique human way.


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