Like Herman says in his comment to my previous post (Compassion isn’t passivity or inaction), a better empathy quotient and emotional quotient would help transform us human beings into more humanE beings. But, while caring, sharing, soothing, comforting, understanding, accepting and showing ourselves capable of feeling as the others do, while empathising and not shying away from showing our emotions, we need to be careful not to become emotional. While empathising, we need to be careful not to lose our objectivity. It’s so easy to slip from being ‘involved’ to becoming ‘activistic’.
What is right and what is wrong? Who is good and who is bad? There are so many ways of looking at these things. I would even say that the ring of finality to ‘Truth’ is misplaced. Reality may be one, but there could be many ‘Truths’.
The Blue Movement, the movement to make our Blue Planet more caring, compassionate, loving, like the colour Blue – soothing, calming – would recognise this and make an effort to see all versions of the ‘Truth’.
That’s why we need to embrace emotions without becoming emotional; we need to empathise without losing our objectivity. We need to feel as the other rather than feel with the other.
Perhaps, that could be Rule Two of the Blue Movement: Make room in your heart and mind for Emotions, Empathy, but beware of the other E, Extremes.