This article will look at the different aspects of the heart, including empathy, emotions and feelings. I will also explain my current understanding of what leads to an absence of empathy and an ability to feel.
I was inspired to write this after seeing the Alfa Romeo advert. In the advert, the actress Uma Thurman says the following line:
Without heart we would be mere machines.
So, let’s start this with an explanation of what empathy is.
In the dictionary, the word “empathy” is described as
The ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
There is, of course, a lot more to empathy than this description reveals.
What is empathy?
The description above, as I have mentioned, is taken from the dictionary definition. So, now we have a basic understanding of what it is. The question I ask is: What is going on for the individual that has it? And what is going on for the individual that doesn’t have it (or who shows very little empathy)?