Loss Of Empathy In Society

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Every morning, I used to walk to the bus stop, past my neighbor, Mrs. White’s house, where her little Shih Tzu, Jakey, would greet me, rain or shine, with endless barks. I would pretend to text on my phone, snapchat, instagram, refresh instagram, refresh it again, and refresh one more time… before moving to facebook, and then a notification would come up with a list of the WIFI networks to connect to, and the first one on the list, “Jakey,” would sit there craving my attention. There, Mrs. White would stand, at the tip of her doorstep, begging that I pet him and encouraging me that he only wants to say hi. But the last time I checked, dogs can’t say hi, so I would blurt out the same lie I used every time, “Uhh… sorry, I’m allergic.” And on …show more content…
On June 12, 2016, Omar Mateen opened fire at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. One of the worst mass shootings in United States history wounded 53 and killed 49 innocent people. To me, the friends and family I love so dearly that are apart of the LGBTQ community have always received equal treatment, and I never thought that a group of people could face this severity of violence because they have a different sexual orientation. Even further, I never thought that it could happen close to home. In my hometown of Natick, Massachusetts a lesbian couples pride flag was stolen from their porch and their house was egged towards the end of this past summer. Although there are no known suspects in the hate crime, it baffled me that someone out there, maybe even someone in my town, was unable to understand the feelings and struggles of two women who wanted nothing but happiness. Many people, around the town hung up pride flags to empathize with the LGBTQ community. What is even more poignant is that these are just 2 cases among the plethora of hate towards not only this community but religious and ethnic communities as well. Instead of celebrating our differences, they are standing in the way of our ability to understand and feel compassion towards each other. Now I know my encounters with Jakey, and Mrs. White’s inability to empathize with my disliking of dogs isn’t as big and severe as …show more content…
It is important that members of a workforce understand the thoughts and sentiments of others to better perform at their jobs. Research conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital has shown “that physician empathy plays an important role in forging strong patient-physician relationships and boosting patient satisfaction as well as patients having better treatment adherence and suffering from fewer major medical errors” (Swank). Now this doesn’t only pertain to medical staff, it falls with most jobs. Teachers, therapists, social workers, bank tellers, and cashiers become so effective when they understand the individual they are dealing with. Empathy is vital in all aspects of life to build strong relationships with others and to make people happier. Ultimately, happiness is such an important tool in the stressful age we live

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