I didn’t plan a post tonight, but I came across this article and I was thinking…really? It’s that surprising?
The article is about a security camera catching a man going over to a stray dog out in the cold and giving him some food & taking off his own jacket to lay over the dog. Wonderful! This is a truly compassionate man.
This is the heading to the article:
Security camera catches man doing something for freezing stray dog. It’s unthinkable for most people..
It’s unthinkable to most people? Is it really?
I am taken back and saddened that most people would see an animal in need and just keep going. What does this say about us?
Once again I would like to look at the definition of empathy:
the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts, and experience fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner; also : the capacity for this
(taken from the Merriam Webster dictionary)
When I was looking up “empathy” online it is referred to as a skill. Well, I think a lot of people are missing this very important life skill.
Humans and animals, both living beings. We need to look out for each other.
If you want to read the full article, here is the link: gohappiest.com.