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Time for empathy?

As I write, two days have passed since I woke to learn that the new US President-elect was Donald Trump.

I’ve spent much of these two days reading articles on the web, trying to get a handle on what’s going on in the world, and in particular how to understand the results both in the US and, a few months ago, here in the UK on Brexit. I think it’s fair to say that my interest in politics has been reawakened. Or perhaps just awakened.

I’ve spent a fair bit of the last two or three months, while physically incapacitated due to a knee problem, revisiting my philosophical interests, and taking fairly tentative notes, with a view to maybe, eventually, starting in on another book. (Not that any of the previous efforts have been published, or gotten anywhere near it.)

I think it was just today that I first thought: I wonder if there might be a link between these? And now maybe I’ve found one. Empathy was very much central to the philosophy. And Charles Eisenstein says “as we enter a period of intensifying disorder, it is important to introduce a different kind of force to animate the structures that might appear after the old ones crumble” and suggests that empathy might be the best choice for that job.

So this is just a note to record that connection (and that reference). I currently have little or no idea where I’ll go from here, or whether I’ll go anywhere, but as with the politics of the UK, the US and the world, we shall see…

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November 11, 2016   Posted in: announcements, philosophy, politics


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