“How to Cultivate Global Compassion” an interview with Paul Ekman by Jill Suttie, GGSC

I am excited to share this post from the Greater Good Science Center: http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/paul_ekman_global_compassion

It is the first time I have come across the term “distal compassion” which is eloquently explained by legendary psychologist Paul Ekman during an interview with GGSC’s Jill Suttie, where they discuss Ekman’s book: “Moving Toward Global Compassion.”

The term “distal compassion” also encapsulates the essence of what my upcoming book: “Fostering Empathy Through Museums” stands for, as it promotes the need for a “unifying worldview” which can be developed through the cultivation of empathy through museums: https://greatolivetree.wordpress.com/2015/09/25/announcing-an-upcoming-book-fostering-empathy-through-museums/

Paul Ekman explains in his interview with Suttie how he started seeing empathy under a different light after his conversations with Dalai Lama –such an inspiring convergence of science and wisdom! I would like to conclude this post with Rumi, another source of timeless wisdom which has much to offer to our humanity:

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,

there is a field.

I will meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about.

Ideas, language, even the phrase each other doesn’t make any sense…” –Rumi*

*Coleman Barks, Open Secret (Putney, Vermont: Threshold Books, 1982).

**Illustration by Fatih M. Durmus. Copyright: 2016 by Elif M. Gokcigdem (Ed.), Fostering Empathy Through Museums, Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, illustration by Fatih M. Durmus


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