Rethinking Human Nature

May 16, 2010

We are better than we think we are! Please take a few minutes to watch.

Bestselling author, political adviser and social and ethical prophet Jeremy Rifkin investigates the evolution of empathy and the profound ways that it has shaped our development and our society.


3 Responses to “Rethinking Human Nature”

  1. Robin Easton Says:

    Dear Trish,

    This is FASCINATING!! I really liked this one a lot and posted your page on my Facebook wall. Thank you so much for sharing this.

    You always pick or write such wonderful things. It reflects on your intelligence, open mind and heart, and unique perspective on Life.

    I am so glad I know you!!!
    Much love,

    • Trish Scott Says:

      Oh Dear Robin,

      Thanks for re-posting this. I think it is just so heartening to get some other perspective than the old, “we are ONLY human” lamo view of our magnificent adventure!

  2. I was initially intrigued, but I feel the author has not threshed out the initial premise enough to properly advance from that point.

    He portrays empathy as only distress related. True empathy however covers the whole gamut of human emotions, and then some. A particularly empathic person can feel another person’s emotions in amazing detail regardless of the type. A small point perhaps, but it has important ramifications.

    Empathy is not just survival related. And if there is a heaven, I am sure that those that are empathic will be so there as well. Empathy is the experience of the emotional aspect of the interconnectedness of all existence. The subject is too broad to be summarized based upon a few new facts, and then extrapolated into theories of how it affects human nature and development. It might be best to stay with the task of defining the mechanics of empathy.

    Further in his presentation, I felt his definition of empathy shifted to include social belief, and national opinions. These regional shifts are more often the result of our increased technological communication levels in the developed world. They have little to do with empathy, which does not rely on spoken, visual, or certainly not technological communication.

    Empathy is the direct transference of emotional energy from person to person, or from many people to a person. It is the actual experience of another persons emotions. It is not an opinion about, or a conscious concern for another. He began with a solid premise, but but I think he ran with the implications before he completely understood what empathy actually is.

    But I love the way the author uses visuals to aid in following his train of thought. That was super.


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