Peoples Comments

Peoples Comments

Edwin Rutsch
It is a culture that supports everyone  having a voice and supports them being heard to their satisfaction. Where we connect with each others common humanity and together address everyone's needs. Also where the social and physical structures and systems support this way of being.

It is about relational empathy and that is having empathy 
or self,  It's about the whole relationship of all people, and to foster a culture of empathy is to support the physical and systemic systems, the government, the political system, the justice system, so that the systems support connection.

Everyone feels  able to express their authentic feelings and that we are open to, listen to, are present with and empathize with then.

Bob Brown
Empathy is listening to understand, not listening to reply. And a culture of empathy has no (strident?) agenda except to listen and understand.

 I have a more process oriented definition. That the people should feel heard, I know we say it, and I know we mean it. But they should really feel heard, and they should sort of somehow feel buoyed or supported. So to me it's about fostering of support for each individual so that they then feel supported by the group.

A culture of empathy to me means that in the wider culture, rather than looking at everything through the lens of is wrong, and who is to blame, that is pervasive.

The mindset that people would have and the lens they would be looking through is '
  • Wow' this thing that is happening how could that be happening?
  • What's going on with people that this is where we are that this is happening?
  • What is my part in it? 
  • What needs are people attempting to meet by doing what is happening?
  • If I don't like what is happening, how could be talk about that and maybe find a different way to have the need being meet in a way that doesn't hurt other people?
That would be a culture of empathy to me would be that would be the public response, that would be the general response to when there is a problem. Not blaming people and wanting to punish people and prosecute people, or get rid of people that are problems. That what it means to me.

A culture of empathy to mean means a culture where people are more willing to engage in communication and really listen to one another and really try to understand one another.


"We are for what's happening with all the volunteering and relief work by ordinary citizens, pitching in to help those affected. A guy drove a truckload of hay over from Nevada, knowing the ranchers lost their pastures and would need feed for their steers, for example.

 I know this kind of thing also happened after the hurricanes. Community--people who know or feel a connection to people because of location, the kind of work they do, the field they're in, etc ... and it crosses political lines, I'm sure. (assumption) It's amazing to see and feel this first hand.

 I wish we had this sense of togetherness, purposefulness at a national level. It seems to come when there is a goal, even if that goal is simply "recovery/relief."

 Often, the national goal is competitive with other nations (moonshot), or protective of business interests or natural resources (ore), or in response to conflict (WWII) ... seems like the only non-aggressive scenario at the national level is competition to achievement. Interesting. I have no further depth to my thoughts."