#14 Empathy is a foolish sentiment

The guy stands back, grabs a big stick and pushes. It nearly falls but manages to recover and stabilizes. Than the guy does it again! He pushes really hard in the back and you see it fall to the ground, on his hands and knees, after which it slowly gets up again.

  • IT is a robot!
  • IT does not feel any pain!

Why did the guy get hatemail and death threats? Take a look at it yourself and observe what you feel! Oh, it’s happening in the first 20 seconds 😉

Honestly, I was shocked with my own response because I kinda cringed, it was as if I felt the robot fall and get hurt – like a human being would. But it didn’t! The robot just fell, it has no emotions or pain what-so-ever! It has kept me busy for the last few days because as a psychic sensitive I always assumed I could feel the energy or emotions and feelings of the other. But do I?

I don’t have the answer but it’s really intriquing to think that maybe we aren’t capable of ‘sensing’ the energy of someone else – unless – we allow ourself to imagine what it could feel like according to our own ‘library’ of emotions. The other day I came out of a shop and this skinny man asked me for some money and my ’empathy’ seemed to be having a day off. I could not feel his pain, problems, empty stomach or emotional agony and I’m sure he will experience some of it. How come?

“We feel because we choose to do so”… maybe empathy is just a foolish sentiment! Are we experiencing emotions just to come to an understanding that they are not what we think they are? Like the robot; the little shock it gave me by watching it wasn’t from the robot, it’s a dead machine. It triggered something within myself. Emotions help us to move around the world; to group together and to care. To like and dislike, to approve and disapprove etc. But emotions fluctuate, they seem to have a mind of their own, they give color to life but can also create the biggest agony you can imagine.

So are we really that interconnected afterall? Or are we fooling our self by believing we sense ‘others’ when in reality we don’t. Perhaps the truth lies somewhere in the middle but for now I’m busy trying to make sense of why I felt something that was not experienced by the real subject.

And please let me know what you experienced watching this video!


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