Amnesty International gives a voice to those who have never been tortured or imprisoned for their beliefs to act on behalf of those who have. Empathy is a powerful tool; especially with Amnesty International. Thousands of people who live in civilized communities are able to imagine the hardships and circumstances of those who were not born with the same benefits in life.
Rawlings stated: “Unlike any other creature on this planet, humans can learn and understand, without having experienced. They can think themselves into other people’s places.” This is the power of empathy. We can use our imaginations to identify with people we have never met. An open mind can facilitate empathy – we can image circumstances and hardships that are not of our own. In the case of Amnesty International, as well as all misfortunes, our minds process information in varying ways. One may choose to embrace the circumstances; use their imagination to truly empathize – we can think our way into another’s place. Others may choose, consciously or subconsciously, to manipulate and control information. Others may live ignorantly and narrowly; devoid of imagination – failing to ever imagine a life that is not their own. JK Rowlings described these people as “They choose to remain comfortably within the bounds of their own experience.” Their apathy perpetuates the evils of the world. Willful ignorance breeds apathy and a failure of action. One’s mere existence affects the world. Non-action to the ills of the world continues the world’s problems. Action helps alleviate them. By simply being alive, we affect everyone; we affect everything. Empathy is powered by imagination. To empathize, you must imagine the life that is not your own. Your mind has to create the circumstances and hardships, as if they were your hardships and circumstances, to think its way into another’s life. Being able to live a life of empathy, understanding and imagining the lives of others, may be...
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