An apathetic society is a safe haven for victimizers where they can hide, plan and expand their criminal activity. Sympathy is feeling badly for the suffering of others. Sympathy seems like a better response but falls short of engaging the problem. It is passive, allowing separation to exist between the bystander and the victimized. Empathy closes this gap; to empathize is to understand and actively respond to the suffering of others. Empathy inspires movements that shift cultural perspectives and lead toward the end of child exploitation. Simply put, the difference between sympathy and empathy is entering in. Imagine the difference between law enforcement, legislators, leaders, influencers, and everyday citizens in an apathetic society and those in an empathetic one.
Take the time to view this media piece featuring a talk by Jeremy Rifkin. Jeremy is an American economist, writer, public speaker, political advisor and activist. This video is produced by the RSA (Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts)