Saturday, May 28, 2011
Lili's thought for the day
Males naturally lack empathy, and young boys won't ever develop much in the way of empathy unless they are explicitly taught it, by people who do have empathy, such as females and adults. Oh really? Today I've been trying to reassure a seven-year-old boy who was very distressed after his younger brother had a minor injury. I'm sure it wasn't fake distress for the sake of making a show of himself, or for the sake of appearances. I think the reason why this boy was so upset was that his injured brother's distress was clearly the real thing, and not a lot of show. Empathetic people respond to genuine distress, and fake people and fools respond to acting.