These correspond to three modes of suffering; visible suffering , hidden suffering, and invisible suffering. Visible suffering is evidence every where. Hidden suffering is concealed beneath the appearance of pleasure, freedom from care, fun,
The idea of collective empathy is especially relevant today because it center balances the highly individualistic focus of modern self help culture, which tends to view the search our own ambitions and desires, rather than one that involves working with others towards common goals
Curiosity remains valued in the arts and sciences today. But it is limited by our enlightenment inheritance, which assumes that curiosity should be applied to ideas and object, rather than people. One recent study, for instance defines curiosity as an exploratory inquisitiveness about ‘ what we don’t know’, omitting any reference to Who we don’t know we should move beyond this inheritance and elevate curiosity about others into supreme virtue
How should we go about having more of these creative and substantive conversations? One reason that conversational life can lack depth and excitement is that we easily fall into using formulaic question to open a dialogue – How are you?
Paradoxically, humility promotes strength of character: the humble person makes decisions on the basis of what he believes to be right and sticks by them without concern for his own image or the opinions of others.
There are methods in buddhist practice devoted to cultivating loving kindness and compassion. Here, the meditations try to generate all pervading sense of benevolence, a state in which love and compassion permeate the entire mind.
Highly emphatic people recognise that by words and pictures offer only second hand experience rather than the real thing, they deserve to be taken seriously, and not dismiss as little more than ‘ empathy lite.’ Why? because art has a long and distinguish history, going back centuries, of kicking our empathic selves into action, be it for the struggle against child labour or the anti war movement.