Exercising Empathy

Before getting upset with someone who we perceive to have wronged us, we should ask ourselves if we would have behaved the way they had if we were in their position.

It is easy to criticize others for the decisions they make or the stances they take.

But their circumstances may have given them no other reasonable choice.

Or, the decision they made may have been the best one given the options they had.

We truly cannot know all of the things influencing others or the forces acting on them.

Even if we disagree with them, we should pause to reflect on their position.

What we perceive as maliciousness, apathy, or ill will may well be our misunderstanding.

Even if we are justified to be perturbed, this exercise in empathy is worth the effort.

Empathy is always worth the effort.

‘Exercising Empathy’ by Robert Van Valkenburgh

HOLISTIC BUDO: As in Life, so too in Budo. As in Budo, so too in Life.

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