The Power of Outrospection – Empathy as a Way of Living

outrospectionWhat do Mr. Spock, Che Guevara and Gandhi have in common? They are all part of philosopher Roman Krznaric’s video The Power of Outrospection which explores the idea of empathy as part of a way of living that creates revolution that leads to social change.

Re-Thinking the Human Narrative – We Are Homo-Empathicus

“Humans are soft-wired for empathy.” so says, bestselling author and economist Jeremy Rifkin.

“The Empathic Civilization is emerging. A younger generation is fast extending its empathic embrace beyond religious affiliations and national identification to include the whole of humanity and the vast project of life that envelopes the Earth.”            Jeremy Rifkin

The first and the shortest video is an animation of Rifkin’s TED talk which provides an interesting introduction to Rifkin’s interpretation of recent scientific insights into the nature of our human species.  The animation will wet your appetite for the second video in which Rifkin investigates the evolution of empathy and the profound ways that it has shaped our development and our society.