Empathy over conflict, it’s all a matter of perspective
Social Perspective – there are only two ways of responding to any challenging social circumstance or situation, positively or negatively, these are basic responses in individuals within the wider community, especially when feeling vulnerable or under threat.
Human nature being what it is, usually tends towards the negative, as in our current state of uncertainty and confusion – the ‘fight or flight’ response, trying to find someone or something to blame, fear and anger at the unknown – this is the worst and most disruptive condition, all are triggered by challenging events within our communities causing confusion and conflict.
We must be more aware of these states of mind and manage the issues at hand. Finding logical, philosophical or psychological perspective from similar and/or historical reference can help – in other words ‘look before we leap’ or acting with empathy rather than fear. Consider this before losing hope, or descending into denial or anger. It’s all a matter of perspective.
Is there hope after 2020
Just thinking …
There is always hope, there are always examples of good behaviour and kindnesses within our communities, countering socially challenging situations and disruptive circumstances.
We are more than capable of coming together when up against threatening forces of ‘wrongfulness’, there is a natural balance within human consciousness which when disturbed tries to correct itself. However, humans are fickle by nature and very susceptible to bad influence, deceit and manipulation, easily ‘conned’ and mislead into ways of thinking, action and inaction.
If there is such a thing as the collective consciousness, it’s purpose right now is to rise above the fear and denial and blame associated with Covid 19 and the resulting pandemic. Rather than cocoon or bury our heads in the sand, we need to observe and witness our behaviour as individuals within communities and help ourselves by helping others see, think and understand what’s really going on.
Everyone has a part to play, but we need to be more aware, to engage, consider and witness, some experiences will hurt and cause anguish, pain and anxiety, but look around, there are more hopeful and positive activity and experiences happening all around, in many cases it is only a matter of perspective.
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