“There is no empathy in heaven”

That’s one of the snappy lines from this 10 min animated version of Jeremy Rifkin’s talk at the RSA: The Empathic Civilisation.I liked his linking of empathy with reality. (Reminds me of Dave Snowden’s distinction between naturalistic and idealistic worldviews.)

Empathy is grounded in the acknowledgement of death and the celebration of life and rooting for each other to flourish and be. It’s based on our frailties and imperfections.

And (around 8m45s) there’s a remarkable suggestion that every one of us are descendants of a specific mating pair in the grasslands of Africa a modern riff on the Adam and Eve story. Whoa.

(Click here if you can’t see the video embedded.)

Hat tip: Viv.

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