Today, I am beginning Empathy Through Story. During the 2016 Election. I realized that Americans were becoming increasingly afraid of the “other”. And who the other is depends on who you are. Blacks and rednecks, Christians and atheists, Muslims and Jews, Democrats and Republicans, Baby Boomers and Millenials. Any of these groups can be an “other” depending on who you are. Too often empathy and understanding is something we expect to receive but are less willing to give. If an atheist Democrat millennial, you are worse off for your lack of empathy. If you are a Christian Republican baby-boomer, the same goes for you. Whatever you believe, a lack of love and thoughtfulness makes that belief less than what it could have been otherwise.
Because of this, I am not concerned with your ideology, but rather how you view your fellow man. So Empathy Through Story is about people. It’s about reminding us that there is just one kind of people in this world and in this country: people. No matter how different we may appear to each other, we share so much in common. And few things will better show off this fact than story.
My own love for those unlike me is far from perfect and it is my hope that I too will grow in empathy by interviewing men and women of all races, creeds, and economic situations. I also hope that you will join me on this journey.