cerberus97 wrote: “You can’t understand someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.”
The person who first coined this phrase is lost to history. The fact that it’s so well known is a good indication of the importance of empathy in living a meaningful life.
Any intelligent discussion on humanity will, at some point, deal with the importance of truly empathising with others to understand them completely.
“If you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”
Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Beautifully put, Cerberus. I believe it was the apostle Paul who said he longed to be all things to all men - ie, to walk in others' shoes in order to better understand them. He also encouraged us to "...rejoice with those who rejoice, and mourn with those who mourn."
Scary thought, a world without empathy - thankfully, my own little corner of the former includes plenty of human beings filled with the latter.