Empathy is a prerequisite for compassion. Before we can act with true compassion towards another human being, we must first be able to imagine ourselves in the other person’s shoes. Empathy is what keeps us in compassion and out of pity. We are empathetic with another, as an equal. Empathy is the glue of every supportive learning community. It holds us together. In this dynamic, rapidly changing world, empathy or the ability to understand another’s perspective is quickly becoming one of the most desirable skills for business and academic success in the 21st century.
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Why Empathy Matters