Barack Obama Promotes a Culture of
This will not be easy.
Because the change we seek will not just come from overcoming the
ingrained and destructive habits of Washington, it will require
overcoming our own fears and our own doubts. It will require each
of us to do our part in closing the moral deficit - the empathy
deficit - that exists in this nation. It will take standing in
one another's shoes and remembering that we are our brother's
keeper; we are our sister's keeper...
The second Community Dialogue and
Peace Keeper Training
will be held at
Eastside Arts Alliance
2277 International Boulevard
from 5:30pm - 8:30pm.
This dialogue and training is for youth and the
"Edwin talks about the word empathy. Very powerful when you really think
about it because, the way I understand the word, empathy is basically
putting myself in another persons shoes. Seeing if I can experience and feel
what they have experienced. And that is what this is about. I think this
represents that biggest component of this movement, and that is, we're going to
stand in each others issues and work together to try to bring about some form of
So to me empathy is really significant about this whole thing. You know it's
interesting that we talk about that. The greatest joy I had just recently
in this room was when Mutima said, 'Pick somebody different, that you don't even
know, that's totally different from yourself, and you sit in front of this
person, and you begin to dialogue.' You know what I'm saying, I'm an African
American man, raised up in the hood and have a whole different outlook on life,
and I have to sit in front of an older white woman, you know what I'm saying?
And try to relate - that's powerful, because what we can actually do then, is we
are actually transforming. In reality, I got a whole bunch of drivers that I
bring into my life and never ever be able to connect to a person totally
opposite from me.
So when we begin to shed that, changes take place and that's what this is all
about. Allowing us to share with people we don't event know and are totally
different, and we're drawn together because we're all asking for the same thing
and that's what's so key about this, and that is that the system become just, so
that we can all feel that we are part of. And the only way for that to
happen is that the we all got to have some form of empathy, and yet be able to
transform so that we can connect and we can all live together and be happy. I
hope that happens on earth." Cephus Johnson