Using a few pricinples of non-violent communication and comments from friends, I examine the balance between empathy in social justice and compassion.
While I certainly don’t always practice the concepts of non-violent communication, I found the concepts surrounding it useful and I’ve found the discussions and the points my friends have brought up useful as well. While I’ve also struggled with expressing and receiving empathy, I’ve also had issues with arguing and fighting past a point of self-care where I was not only wasting my time, but causing myself more stress and frustration in the end.
So with all of these in mind, I want to recap a few basic principles:
You are taught and encouraged to be oppressive towards yourself and to others.
Someone who does not have any empathy is incapable of giving you empathy.