Invisibilia is a show that runs on empathy. We believe in it. But are we right? In this episode, we'll let you decide. We tell the same story twice in order to examine the questions: who deserves our empathy? And is there a wrong way to empathize? If you or somebody you know might need help, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255 or at suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
Fascinating to hear the same story from to different perspectives.
I agree with Hanna's point that empathy is needed so that we don't further alienate people. I think that's what's needed more.
Jack could still receive empathy while we acknowledge that what he did was wrong. If anything, just to not discourage him from taking the right path. I guess what I'm saying is that we need to always leave room for redemption. I believe this is necessary if we want to cultivate a civilized society.
I don't think we have (or ever had) an excess of empathy. Certainly not for children, who we still treat with great disrespect.