reaching out to the “other” and then opening up to truly understand each other.
Use the empathy symbol to indicate your support for a world in which we all can get along.
Empathy: The first step to peace in our families, schools, communities, nations, world
Heinz Kohut defined empathy as "the capacity to think and feel oneself into the inner life of another person.” We think that's what the world needs today. As the cultural wars rage — Judeo/Christians vs. Muslims, immigrants vs. native-borns, Red States vs. Blue States — what we all need is to walk in each others' shoes, to empathize with the other’s position, situation, upbringing, life experiences and feelings. Empathy leads to respect and caring for each other, and that is the sure path to peace.
We’ve heard about people getting the empathy symbol as a tattoo in Texas, Germany, and Australia. We appreciate this permanent commitment to spreading the message about the importance of empathy! Check out the ways people have put the empathy symbol permanently in their lives and out front to the world. If you don’t want to go as far as a tattoo, though, consider using the empathy symbol as your signature under your name on your e-mail. You can get a print-ready version from our Materials page. Have you got other ideas? Please share them with us and we’ll put you in our Empathy Symbol Gallery.
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