I just don’t understand how people can be so convinced that their way is right that they have to force it on others no matter what damage it does to them. If you think abortion is immoral, don’t get one! If you think homosexuality is against god’s will, live out your heterosexuality. While you’re forcing your morals down other people’s throats, you fail to notice that nobody is threatening yours.
I just don’t understand how people can be so focused on their own lives that they refuse to see the implications of their choices. This starts with the seemingly small choices like flying and driving everywhere without regard to the climate impact and goes to voting for people who condemn large groups of people to unnecessary pain, whose rhetoric is full of hate.
I just don’t understand how people can subscribe to philosophies and theologies that justify all this and even more, like the self-enrichment without regard to others. Given that human beings (all animals, really) need others, these kinds of teachings seem not only immoral but also inhuman. Especially our modern lives would not be possible without the contributions thousands, maybe even millions, of others are making. Interdependence is not a new agey term. It’s reality.
Maybe these are some of the reasons I have trouble with the idea of extending empathy to certain people. Empathy requires a certain level of understanding of the other. And I just don’t get them.