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The Age of Outrospection: Philosopher Roman Krznaric on Empathy and Social Change


Why empathy is anything but a fluffy concept.

“Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens,” Carl Jung famously said. But philosopher Roman Krznaric believes that the 21st century needs to shift from introspection to outrospection, the ultimate art form for which is empathy.

In this lovely animation from the invariably excellent RSA Animate, Krznaric explores how we can nurture our curiosity in order to bolster our capacity for empathy in everyday life and reap the manifold benefits this begets.

Empathy isn’t just something that expands your moral universe. Empathy is something that can make you a more creative thinker, improve your relationships, can create the human bonds that make life worth living. But, more than that, empathy is also about social change — radical social change.

Krznaric is the author of How to Find Fulfilling Work, part of a new how-to series by The School of Life — a fine addition to this omnibus of thought on how to find your purpose and do what you love.

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