Question from the Internet:
“Is it plausible that empathy is a recent development in our human landscape of over 100,000 years?”
True empathy is something we haven’t actually experienced yet but we have the potential and necessity to develop.
True empathy means that I start sensing, feeling, appreciating another more than myself, when I actually start feeling myself existing through the desires and viewpoints of another forgetting about my own existence.
Why would we want such a state?
First of all, without “true empathy” we will not be able to build the crucially necessary, positive, mutually responsible, mutually complementing interconnections, cooperation our collective existence depends on.
But even more importantly, by developing this ability to exist through others while forgetting about ourselves we also liberate ourselves from our inherently egocentric, subjective consciousness and perception of reality.
As a result, we attain a true, practical, tangible sense of limitless, eternal existence beyond the egocentric, subjective boundaries of time, space, and physical motion.