People each day are becoming more complacent about important issues in society. There is a lack of people willing to interrupt their own busy day to help others in need. Those who fail to have sympathy for others ultimately ignore the possibility that one day it could be herself in such a predicament. Therefore, people need to find courage and compassion to reach out and be an advocate for others instead of a “that’s not my problem” mentality. For example, in the article(https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-me-care/), “Empathy is a cornerstone of human behavior and has long been considered innate. A forthcoming study, however, challenges this assumption by demonstrating that empathy levels have been declining over the past 30 years.” Ultimately, Americans are starting to explore the vast and ever changing journey of life, alone. People no longer converse with the person sitting next to them on planes or are able to hold conversations without pulling out their device.
In addition, due to the decrease in people’s ability to empathize with others, there is a rising number of people who are indulging in different types of information. Consequently, people are finding themselves neglecting to read as much. In fact, according to the same article mentioned above, the “number of adults who read literature for pleasure sank below 50 percent for the first time ever in the past 10 years, with the decrease occurring most sharply among college-age adults”. In addition, it is thought that empathy is linked to reading. Studies show, the people that read more fiction books, the more empathetic they are. I found this to be quite inspiring because it is necessary to shift the focus of education to center more around reading which will hopefully encourage more empathy to circulate within our society today.
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