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Empathy as Inspiration

You’ve got to go outside the normal boundaries of life to come up with creative solutions. And is something that you probably engage in every day. That’s the essence of creativity, after all – charging through society’s boundaries in order to create. 

Society’s rules are not, however, the hardest barriers you need to break.

The hardest barrier in life is that between you and the outside world. As a creative , you’ve got your wonderful defensive armour that you’ve kept up since you were bullied in middle school. While that’s probably protected you somewhat, it has also at times reduced your efforts to make human connections – and those human connections are helpful live a full life and to enhance artistic expression.

When you’re stuck in your head, you think concretely – about what you need and how to get it. When you think about others – when you embrace selflessness and turn up the volume on empathy – your mind goes to the abstract, getting in tune with your intuition. You consider emotion, you consider personality, and you consider the ineffable something that other person is to you. In short, it’s easy to be short-sighted and small when you’re thinking selfishly, it is easier to embrace beauty, kindness, and compassion when you think of others.

Like everything he said, Einstein said it well:

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”