This course defines four virtues in the following ways:
Humility: A disposition to be humble. A lack of false pride.
Empathy: Understanding and entering into another’s feelings.
Compassion: Recognizing suffering and wanting to do something about it.
Kindness: Being warm hearted, considerate, and humane to others.
Do you agree or disagree?
What are your definitions of Humility, Empathy, Compassion, and Kindness? How are these virtues interrelated? Are some of these virtues prerequisites to others?
Recall a time when you were embarrassingly wrong about something. Consider what was more painful – the actual consequence of being wrong or the embarrassment.
What is a ‘hot topic’ with which you hold a very passionate opinion? What in your history makes you hold that position? Create a compelling argument that you could make to yourself that might convince you to think differently.
Then next time you have a difference of opinion with a friend which will likely end in an ‘agreement to disagree’, replace debating with repeating back to your friend what you’ve heard – as many times as it takes – until your friend confirms that you understand their position. The goal is not that you agree, but that you understand.
It does feel like something to be wrong. It feels like being right. -– Kathryn Schulz