How Do We Turn Judgment Into Empathy?


Peter Buffett, son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett, is an Emmy Award-winning composer, NY Times best-selling author and noted philanthropist. Currently, he is releasing socially-conscious music and touring his "Concert & Conversation" series in support of his book Life Is What You Make It.

Judgment: the forming of an opinion, estimate, notion, or conclusion, as from circumstances presented to the mind.

Empathy: the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another.

Every one of us has, at some point in our lives, thought, “If you only knew the whole story you wouldn’t think/say/act like that.” We wished that someone could “walk a mile in our shoes.”

This political season heightens the feeling. Every issue on both sides of the political spectrum ultimately trickles down to effecting individual lives in individual ways. How can the African American single mother of three in Detroit that lost her job be represented inside the same system as the $100,000 per minute hedge fund manager in New York with the offshore accounts? If either is asked about the other, how could they possibly employ empathy? How do any of us achieve true understanding of another's life experience?

Is it possible that a land filled with millions of wildly disparate stories could find enough commonality to fly a single flag?

11/6/2012 4:42:47 PM

The "how" is easy. The tough part is making the decision to stop judging and start listening. Once a true, honest decision has been made, the how happens. Unfortunately, most people who say they have made the decision are just kidding themselves, and others. We have to go deep inside ourselves to make our intentions real.

11/2/2012 6:45:42 AM

simply - Everyone - every single person is different from another person - each lives in their own totally different universe and there is no comparing one with another - it just cannot be done with any significant understanding -

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11/1/2012 9:27:22 AM

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