The good news is that the neural networks that reflect a lack of empathy and reveal moral exclusion are not destiny. The research on implicit bias tells us that we can repattern these neural connections through conscious effort. Brene Brown also describes four features of empathy, which are actually practices we can embrace and improve: taking another’s perspective, staying out of judgment, recognizing others’ emotions, and communicating those emotions. Building empathy—practicing love—becomes a powerful way to build the connections between people that can lead to justice.
CYNTHIA SILVA PARKER