There’s been a lot of talk recently about ‘empathy’ in politics. Several very prominent politicians have made notable changes in their positions specifically on gun control, health care and gay rights based on what they each call a new found ‘empathy’. In all these cases they claim that their new feeling for others came about from the personal suffering of a relative; a loved one; someone closed to them. In short, they had never been able to identify before until the issue came home to them.
I want to submit to you, dear reader, that such is not true empathy and whether or not I agreed with their new position, they have immediately and permanently lost my vote. In fact, such change of heart is nothing better then the same old bullshit tribalism that humans have been struggling to rise up from since the time of Abraham. God has been calling us to put something larger ahead of ourselves and our ‘tribe’. So far, we’re not getting very far.
If you suddenly develop a new respect for gay people because your daughter is gay, or you change your position on health care because your dear grandmother needs her Medicare, or you decide that gun control is not a bad idea because you had a loved one shot? None of those is ‘empathy’. And I would never vote for a guy who changed his vote that way.
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