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15 Mar
2017
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The Phenomenon That's 21st Century Empathy!

Think of the last time you related to the circumstances or feelings of another person.

It can be anything.

You can relate to the social activist at the women’s march in Washington DC.

You can relate to a role in a movie, a character in a book, a meme posted on Facebook by Buzzfeed.

You can put yourself in the varied shoes of all these people - fictional or not.

You don’t even need a person if you have noticed yourself understanding the emotions behind a poem, a hard-hitting tweet, or even a word.

You feel connected to the emotion.

You understand it and you recognize it as easily as your own.

That is the skill of empathy in the 21st century.

To understand empathy, we must understand the bare definition of it.

In simple words, it’s the ability to understand and share, the feelings of someone else. 

To put yourself in the another person’s shoes, the way all psychology teachers explain it.

Way before the Internet was accessible (Or even existed!), empathy was a skill that flourished in face-to-face interactions between friends and family.

To understand and relate to the feelings of the person who is talking to you, connecting to you.

As expected, by 2017, empathy has evolved. It’s the empathy of the millennials.

Empathy today lies in the big playground of digital experiences and interactions.

It lies in personal blogs, tweets and statuses, pop songs, kindle books, in chat groups, and in online news.

We are the only generation that can actively empathize with a twelve year old girl from the Middle East and a college senior from California at the same time.

We can identify with their concerns, histories and motives with the same ease of understanding a friend from school.

Getting its millennial makeover, empathy is beyond geographical and social barriers now.

It is not restricted to a class, community or gender.

While browsing through my social feed right now, I just read a quote.

‘You are never alone on the internet!’

It rings a bell in our lives, right?

How many times have we been unable to express our emotions verbally, and turned towards a blog, a YouTuber, a chat room or a Twitter handle to know that there is somebody out there who understands us?

That’s the power of empathy today. 

You are never alone in a circumstance and you aren’t new to an emotion.

Empathy is just a click away.

You can provide it to those in dire need.

You can receive it in your times of need.

It lies in a 3 AM conversation with a friend, a book lying unread, a feminist blogger and a support group for therapy.

It is a step away and all you have to do is look. 

Are you ready or willing?

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