Is Empathy Failing Us? (The Examiner)

Elizabeth O’Neill investigates the concept of radical empathy and the power of story-telling.

It’s that time of year when we reflect on our journey over the past 12 months and think about what’s to come for the year ahead. 2017 was a noisy year. Some of the noise was for the better, when the unified voices of #metoo and #timesup galvanised to rupture a deafening silence, to change the social order.

Elsewhere, we saw the damage from the uproar of hurricanes, the bone shattering clamour of bombs and the rattle of bullets. 59 people were shot at a concert in Las Vegas in October and in May, across the water, 23 people died in an explosion in Manchester. Just two acts of mass violence in the past year.

The saying goes, one death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic.

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