ThesisWhy do we as a society have the driveto succeed not as one person, but as awhole? What gives us the power to wantto help others, those in need?I am going to prove that empathy isa part of nature, something we areborn with that we all feel and see inour everyday lives.
Sympathy -You feel for theperson (pity, sorrow),but you don’tnecessarily understandhow they are feeling
Empathy -You share the feeling withthe person.You are puttingyourself in the person’splace, and have a goodsense of how they feel (tosome degree)
Compassion -You try to share theirfeelings, but also takeaction to try torelieve the pain theperson has.
Altruism -1) Loving others as yourself2) Behavior that promotesthe survival chances of othersat the cost of ones own3) Self-sacriﬁce for thebeneﬁts of others
Altruism in History
Gandhi“Be the changeyou want to see inthe world”-Mahatma Gandhi
Martin Luther King Jr. “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”- Martin Luther King Jr.
Mother Teresa "I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples."-Mother Teresa
Types of Empathy“Love and compassion arenecessities, not luxuries.Without them humanitycould not survive.”-14th Dalai Lama
Empathybased onunderstandingand respect
Darwin • Darwinism - a theory of organic evolution claiming that new species arise and are perpetuated by natural selection • Social Darwinism - a• Darwin believed that the theory that the laws of world should be ruled evolution by natural through social darwinism. selection also apply to• Only the strong shall social structures survive.
Darwin• I disagree with Darwin’s statement “survival of the ﬁttest”• It’s not possible to abandon others, it goes against our nature as humans.
Natural Love & Affection As children we do not show love and compassion because of the law or religion, but because we know to do so naturally.
Animals80% of themonkeys stoppedpulling the chainwith more food.
AnimalsWithout compassiontowards each other,animals would notform packs, ornurture their young.
Empathy between Humans & Animals“Closeness to animals canreduce alienation, and thatchildren’s empathy, self-esteem, self-control andautonomy could bepromoted by raising pets.”
Children Your body “mirrors” the pain of others, to your pain sensors causing you to be in pain.
Lacking EmpathyChildren with Conduct Disorder eitherenjoy causing pain towards others OR feel such levels of secondary pain, that they feel they must lash out aggressivelyThis combination can lead to psychopaths
Why do wefeel Empathy?• Is it possible to develop empathy?• Most of us are born with a combination of skills that make up our empathetic views• It is possible to have these parts of our brains be affected when we are children
10th & 11th Grade
Class ActivityPut yourself in a real life situation:Pick ﬁve of the most important items you need for your new house.
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