Empathy is a superpower. A lack of empathy lies at the root of entitlement and privilege, blinding us to the lived experience of others and fuelling our biases and prejudices.
When a person can feel empathy, it allows them to walk a mile in the shoes of another and see the world from different perspectives, allowing us to act with fairness, and inclusivity.
The importance of empathy has become a topic of interest since Prime Minister Scott Morrison took office, not because of his government’s demonstrative capacity in this area but its stunning dearth of it.
It was widely reported that the government had hired an “empathy consultant” with a meal ticket set at almost $200,000 in 2019 to help it with community engagement.