Stop being so empathetic seems counterintuitive. Yet, empathy can become an overwhelming emotion that allows for laser focus on an individual rather than the entire issue. Therefore, it is suggested that instead of just empathy “consider the cold hard facts along with compassion or what Buddhists call, ‘loving kindness.’ These emotions are less intensely focused, so they can be more widely and thoughtfully applied.”
To combat the empathy block one professor required students “to visit and learn about the mentees’ schools, homes, and neighborhoods and to dig up statistics about the scope of a broader societal issue affecting the child”.
As we work with community partners through we strive, and will continue to work towards improvements, to educate volunteers to better understand the issues of hunger and food insecurity in Addison County so we can more holistically engage in food education.
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