Empathy Is Not a Trend

Do a web search for “empathy trend” and you’ll see some indications that empathy has been all the rage in recent years. Google Trends shows a slow upward rise in searches for empathy with sharp peaks in the Fall and dips in July (perhaps teachers ask students to write about it during the school year).

However, being empathetic towards other human beings doesn’t take Summers off and isn’t something that can become popular anymore than hunger or sleep. It’s a basic human characteristic, the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. In fact, lacking empathy is a sign of being a psychopath

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