Cultivating Empathy - The Worth and Dignity of Every Person--without Exception (Paperback)


In this personal and emotionally honest exploration of conflict, the Reverend Nathan C. Walker introduces a creative and compassionate way to develop empathetic responses. He introduces the concept of the moral imagination - a vital character trait used by those who have the courage to project themselves into a conflict and understand all the perspectives, aware that understanding need not imply agreement. CULTIVATING EMPATHY presents a collection of essays about the author's wrestlings with personal and cultural conflicts and his commitment to stop "otherising" - which occurs when we either demonise people or romanticise them. Walker's remedy for these kinds of projections is to employ the moral imagination as an everyday spiritual practice. He shows that through this approach, we can save ourselves from irresponsibly using our imaginations by cultivating genuine empathy for those we previously held in contempt. We can visualise ourselves playing various characters within a conflict and choose not to play a lead role in the drama. Throughout the book he endeavours to find connection with skinheads, murderers, homophobic preachers, privileged 1 percenters and Monsanto executives. An online companion workbook will help readers to hone these skills through a variety of exercises.

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In this personal and emotionally honest exploration of conflict, the Reverend Nathan C. Walker introduces a creative and compassionate way to develop empathetic responses. He introduces the concept of the moral imagination - a vital character trait used by those who have the courage to project themselves into a conflict and understand all the perspectives, aware that understanding need not imply agreement. CULTIVATING EMPATHY presents a collection of essays about the author's wrestlings with personal and cultural conflicts and his commitment to stop "otherising" - which occurs when we either demonise people or romanticise them. Walker's remedy for these kinds of projections is to employ the moral imagination as an everyday spiritual practice. He shows that through this approach, we can save ourselves from irresponsibly using our imaginations by cultivating genuine empathy for those we previously held in contempt. We can visualise ourselves playing various characters within a conflict and choose not to play a lead role in the drama. Throughout the book he endeavours to find connection with skinheads, murderers, homophobic preachers, privileged 1 percenters and Monsanto executives. An online companion workbook will help readers to hone these skills through a variety of exercises.

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Product Details

General

Imprint

Skinner House Books

Country of origin

United States

Release date

June 2016

Availability

Expected to ship within 10 - 15 working days

First published

2016

Authors

Dimensions

216 x 140 x 9mm (L x W x T)

Format

Paperback

Pages

128

ISBN-13

978-1-55896-774-8

Barcode

9781558967748

Categories

LSN

1-55896-774-5



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