“Sympathy, apathy, empathy…
Sympathy (stand by) will stand and listen and make sometimes helpful, sometimes not, suggestions, but the motive is generally to make themselves feel better, absolved of having to really put themselves out there to help.
Apathy (walks away) just walks away out of indifference and washes its hands of any involvement. Maybe after muttering a few, “That’s too bads…”
But empathy (walks toward you) rolls up its sleeves and says, “Ok, tell me what’s going on and let’s see if we can figure out what can be done.” Someone who is empathetic doesn’t think about themselves, they listen then put themselves in the other person’s shoes.
Wish always to be an empathetic person.”
With minimal editing, the above quote is from not a book, but from fellow blogger, calensariel of Impromptu Promptlings. Thank you very much to her for allowing its reproduction here. I think that it’s a really great quote, which perfectly sums up the difference between not only the words, about different people’s actions. I doubt I will be alone in being reminded of the parable of the Good Samaritan. Thanks once again to calensariel!