Distance matters

Empathy fades the greater distance we put ourselves between us and those who are suffering.

The closer we put the problems and struggles of others, the closer we feel what it is they are going through.

The more we feel, the more we are likely to act.

The opposite is true too.

The farther away something is the more disconnected we are from it.

It’s easier to watch things fall apart when it isn’t in your backyard.

Vietnam changed our views of war. Because it changed our views, many were empowered to act.

The internet changed how we see the world. This is the first medium to connect three billion people together.

And as we can see, the more connected we are, the better the world becomes.

[Interestingly, things that are far away (and small) appear simple. Things that are close (and large) are much more complicated.]