What About Empathy?

Opinion is, if we believe – the lowest form of human knowledge. It requires accountability, no understanding. The highest form of knowledge is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our ego and live in another’s world. It requires profound purpose larger than the self kind of understanding.

The question is do we really possess empathy as a nation If allowing homelessness to grow, We close our eyes to all types of prejudice, we show low turnout at the polls for elections, we just don’t always show up and step up because we have the excuse there is too much going on in our personal lives.

So again are we empathetic, or do we just kid ourselves into believing we are.?

I am curious about what your thoughts are?


Norman Roth
Norman Roth
Norman M. Roth is CEO of Roth Sales Enhancers. My Mission is to "Help Businesses Grow Profitability". Norman began his career with a degree in Business from the University of Miami, Florida. With more than four decades’ experience in Senior Sales Management, Sales Training, Client Retention, Business Coaching and creating successful Sales Processes, Norman Roth has developed a strong capability for helping start-ups, small, mid-size businesses and large companies hire, train and work together with other departments to build a more profitable company. Clients have ranged from small businesses with 10 or fewer employees generating under two million dollars in sales up to 1000’s of employees generating in excess of 3 billion in annual sales. He was designated a “Top Sales Trainer” and was cited in a major publication as a “talented, powerful Manager, Trainer, and New Business Developer.” He has also been called upon to speak at universities in their Business and Marketing Departments, authored and presented CEC courses and is a much sought after certified speaker. He is dedicated to the success of each client and honored to serve and believe in giving back I do extensive “pro bono business coaching and consulting for start-ups and very small distressed businesses.


  1. Norman, this is a question I have thought of frequently and have asked based onn so many of the things I see happening in our world each and every day. I often wonder if empathy requires one to have even the slightest belief in God. God seems to be a word these days that many do not want to have in any form or shape in our schools, government, public domains. If we love as God has asked us to love from the beginning then I feel that kind of love generates empathy, an compassion in all that we see and do. A child cries, the homelessness increases, we lose someone we love. Each of these require love to feel and empathy certainly requires a level of that love. Thank you for your article.

  2. Norman, I have found that our ego blocks empathy for others. Empathy for another grows as we find empathy for our self, our perceived shortcomings, and self judgment. We become vulnerable when we open to understanding others.