by Reverend Tom Capo
Susan Lanzoni, empathy consultant and coach wrote: “Today we think about empathy as a way to understand another’s experience. But when the English word ‘empathy’ first appeared in 1908 as a translation of the German Einfühlung, it denoted an aesthetic ability to appreciate objects and nature. What exactly is this surprising early version of empathy, and can we imagine empathy as an aesthetic practice today?” As we consider Widening the Circle, what about a circle of empathy. Can we imagine empathy as an aesthetic practice of Widening the Circle?