Letter to the Editor: A lack of empathy

Max Carver said, “Empathy is the starting point for creating a community and taking action. It’s the impetus for creating change.“ Sadly, in America, we have a crisis of a lack of empathy for one another.

We see it in the racism, misogyny, xenophobia and homophobia that has reared its ugly head in startling ways in recent years. We see it in the prejudice, bigotry, and hatred espoused and acted upon today by many everyday Americans and Republican elected officials. We see it in families being torn apart at our borders, held in inhumane conditions even leading to death, and people responding, “They get what they deserve for coming here.“ We see it in how we address each other, especially via social media.

We’ve been fooled into resenting or hating people who look or live their lives differently than us. We’ve been fooled into directing our anger at individuals who are slightly worse off economically and socially than us, instead of at individuals who are exponentially better off than us. We have so much more in common than not.

But to distract us from our shared problems, we’ve been fooled into fighting each other instead of a system that perpetuates the greed of the ultra-wealthy and corporations, endless warfare, environmental collapse, and exponentially increasing wealth and income inequality.

This nation needs not just a political sea change, but a social and moral one, as well. We can start with greatly increased empathy for one another. We are indeed our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers.

Eric Morrison
Democratic candidate, Delaware State House of Representatives
27th District
Newark

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