6th, the Empathy Team deployed at the annual "Israel in the
Gardens" festival in SF. Every year, Israel in the Gardens takes
place to commemorate Israel's independence day. Every year, it draws
thousands of visitors and is a magnet for protests.
So, this is a departure from the Empathy Team's typical deployments
(mostly farmers' markets and festivals). Our goals, however, are the
same: to form connections, to provide empathy, and to create space for
alternatives to "right/wrong" thinking. We are looking for volunteers
who can avoid taking positions. If you feel strongly towards or against
Israel, this may not be the event for you.
Contact Judith Katz if you are interested in joining us as we
continue our learning process "at the deep end of the pool."
Here are a few photos from the event.
I'm Rubin and you asked me about empathy and
I think it's hard to empathize with people who are violent, but
otherwise I'm all in favor of it. If everyone in the world could
empathize with everyone else who wasn't violent, we'd have a much better
Empathy is the path to the creator and
that's actually the whole focus of my life. Empathy for your fellow man
is empathy for the creator. It's something I had since I was a child and
it was emphasized in the study of Kabbalah. Kabbalah means
receptions, receiving the knowledge of the creator. I empathize
for everybody's suffering. The key to the suffering is connection to our
creator, not to politics, not to races, not to movements, not to
Sam from the revolution club Bay Area.
What's troubling is the empathy that's brought up around the horrors
that happened in the holocaust is then being used justify crimes against
another group of people, We're here challenging people on, if you truly
feel that empathy or sympathy with people who were so viciously
persecuted and murdered. I was raised Jewish, my family members were
survivors of the holocaust. I was always taught 'never again'. The
point is, never again to anybody. ...... (+Honey Bear and Carol
Some days I can hardly get out of bed
because I feel so much empathy. There's so much suffering on the earth.
One thing I realize is the suffering is not random and need to be. The
majority of suffering is unnecessary. so part of how I empathize with
other people is to dedicate myself to opposing, for example, crimes
against humanity that my government, or in this case the Israeli
government commits....... the way I express my empathy is to fight
against this and I think we need a revolution.
You want to change the system to bring in
empathy? It goes beyond empathy, there's a relationship between the
suffering people live through today, and the bestial existence
people have and totally different existence people on this planet could
have in harmony with the planet....