I know a great deal of people who are Buddhist. I used to know a whole bunch of Christians but since I had a change of fate, they decided to disown me. It is just as well, I managed to find some acceptance under the practice of Ifa, but there are still some burning questions that I need answered.

The Buddhists strive for balance. They believe that everyone should be compassionate toward others. The Christians believe in the power of forgiveness. They believe that it is best that we all just turn the other cheek. Lastly, practioners in Ifa say that we should be sensitive. That we should work really hard to understand others. I want to believe in all of these things. However, I think that they are a few variables missing. We talk about compassion, sensitivity, and forgiveness, but there is not a lot of people who are able to put these words into action. So many of live in the bubble. We see the world from one perspective, our on. We seem to have this nearsighted vision where we are only concern with events that either happen to us or to someone we love.

We only have occasional moments of empathy, compassion, and sensitivity. It normally happens when we flip through the morning paper or watch the news. We understand that people are dying everyday from famines. We’ve heard the horror stories about children being drugged up and dragged into war. We’ve seen the pictures of refuges fleeing from their homeland with just the clothes on their backs, and yet, there is a part of us that is very much detached.

It would be so different if someone snuck into our office with a package bomb strapped to his or her chest and blew up everyone in our building. It would be different if our daughter or son was kidnapped and sold as a slave in the black market. It would be different it someone placed a hand grenade in our shopping bag. It is always different when it happens to us or someone we love or care about.

I hate to say it. But we are a society of nearsighted people. I don’t think that we are conditioned not to care. I believe that we just don’t have the capacity to truly understand someone else’s perspective. We can watch the news from a “farsighted” perspective, where we can only imagine the pain. But we could never truly understand what someone else’s pain feels like, unless we experience it ourselves.

This sense of detachment didn’t start with the “me” generation. No, people have been out for themselves long before then. Somewhere along the line we forgot how to operate as a society. Somewhere along the line we had forgotten one major principle. We are all one. We are all interconnected, and if one of us has a problem, then we all have a problem. Some people may sit around and think that one person can’t save the world. They’re right; one person cannot save the world. However, millions of people can.

There is a much easier way to explain this concept. Just think about computers. Computers use a language called the binary code. The binary code instructs computers on how to function using the numerical values one and zero. Unfortunately, computers using the binary code can only perform one function at a time. However, there is a new invention called quantum mechanics. This invention enables computers to perform millions if not billions of functions at one time.

This allows us to solve problems much faster. Furthermore, a quantum computer can perform calculations that are virtually impossible for humans. What does this mean? It means that the physical world mirrors the spiritual world. And if we choose to become enlightened and see the world from different perspectives, we are able to not only solve our own problems, but the problems of others. Just imagine, if we all pitched in, and put in our two cents. We could really save the world. That’s what compassion, forgiveness, and sensitivity is all about.

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