The quality I would most like to magnify is empathy. It brings us together in a peaceful, loving state.

— Stephen Hawking


Empathy is understanding others’  behavior, emotions, aspirations, dreams, necessity and respond to it in more meaningful way. It is about people we see in and round us. In the way, they live, the way they wish to live, their thoughts, their capabilities to understand and conceptualize the thoughts, their dreams and their strengths to support their dreams. The wishes, capabilities and strengths are related to physical, financial, emotional, and human together.


The literature of post world war II started 1942 onwards,  many authors starting from Henry Green’s Caught 1943, Hanley’s No Direction (1943), Patrick Hamilton’s The Slaves of Solitude  1947 tried to capture the experiences of World War II, about its furiousness and uncertainties for the survival of mankind in the earth. The creativity, which was at stake because of scarcity of printing resources and were demotivated by the destruction of nationalism,  was inevitable during the war. The religious thoughts and beliefs were taking the center place at the midst of cruelty of death. Many new philosophers, novelists and writers like Irish Murdoch, William Golding etc. tried to bring innovative rebuilding thoughts for the humanity. 


At the midst of Covid 19 Pandemic seriously affected humanity struggling for the survival and confused about the relationship among, past, present and  future. The regulated democratic thoughts, influenced by the high speed media, biased interpretation,  and unthinkable experiences are creating literatures for generations. A manmade virus, created in laboratory, shaking the whole world with severity of desease, sufferings, deaths with witty dialogues and power struggle.  The international agencies are regulating the national policies by dissemination of  information about pandemic gathered from multinational sources, without having enough proof about its authenticity, which is not possible at this moment also. 


The directionless communities, increasing social divides, fragmented thoughts managed by misleading information are creating isolated groups in the society. The most powerful social tools like educational institutions, where civilization born, nurtured and get matured through long years of engagement of human being have gone through systematic dismantling of age old processes and new untested processes are culminating and taking the centre place without any past experience and future aspirations. The generation coming out of this pandemic all together a different civilization culturally, socially, religiously and ethnically.


Life dependency on vaccines slowly disconnecting the young thoughts away from nature, its natural warmth and solace of peaceful existence. Thanks to Astrazenica, BioNtech, Johnson and Johnson, Bharat Biotech, Merk, Moderna . Novovax etc. etc., who are trying to save the humanity and building confidence to fight. The inventions of new technologies are making the ways for lives in the earth, which is creating frequent disruptions, because of lack of resilience, naturalism and universalism. What we generally say targeted audience in new discoveries in technology, in business, in policies, acts regulations etc. 


Jamil Zaki of Stanford University says it is a skill which helps us to see others strengths, ideologies, thoughts and accept it in its original form away from the stereotyping ways. He focuses on Cognitive Empathy, Emotional Empathy and Empathetic Concern or compassion. While we are in a professional group and our group mate is struggling to get solution, we understand his problem and help him to find the solution, which is called cognitive empathy, finding solutions for others, second is emotional empathy when we feel for others, crying in sorrows of family, friends and relatives, involving ourselves actively in worries of others, which is compassionate behavior. Jean Decety and Daniel Batsman who are the most empathetic people of the globe and demonstrated empathetic behavior. 


Respecting faith of others is not only sufficient at this point of time, the responsibility is to help the humanity to rebuild the shattered faith and learning to stay connected to this throughout. Creating the peaceful environment around, maintaining natural bliss, engaging people in listening songs, dancing with music, getting happiness from charping sound of birds is the necessity. Reconnecting with nature and natural humane behaviours and reactions.  


Sun is known to provide, light, energy and warmth to the universe, but its power to establish relationship among the members of solar families, deciding its orbits, the movement and existence of humanity is obvious, so it is un noticed. Prayers have power to create, transform and save. Helping others for realization of their own power to do and to have great experience is evitable.


Let us Build ourselves and rebuild humanity…….

Published On: January 17, 2022745 wordsCategories: Philosophy, Society & Life11 Comments
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  1. Rajiv singh January 17, 2022 at 4:35 am - Reply

    A nice and excellent derivation of empathy, and how it's impact our social life and living.

  2. Dilip Kumar Samantasinghar January 17, 2022 at 6:02 am - Reply

    Hon'ble Madam, I would like to take a note on the beautiful Article as a combination of Humanities & Sociology. The artistic way of narration is really mind-blowing.

    O/o DyCoE & O/o Dean
    School of Civil Engineering
    KIIT University, Bhubaneswar

  3. Salegram Padhee January 17, 2022 at 6:42 am - Reply

    Hanuman ( Divine competencies/ Siddhis) is the outcome of Ramnam. Elimination of unwanted local tendencies/ vibrations through the practice of nivrutti results in meditation and alignment with cosmic vibration of the panchatatva (Sun, Akasha, Air, Water and Earth and the resultant optimization at all levels – body, mind, spirit, society, civilization etc

  4. Unknown January 17, 2022 at 8:17 am - Reply

    One of the best articles I have gone through!
    The article focuses on empathy, Post World War II it's furiousness, uncertainties for survival of Mankind on earth, & Covid-19 & it's impact on Mankind for survival, Probably man-made virus created in laboratory, Suffering of Educational institutions not experienced before, Life dependancy on Vaccines manufactured by various Companies to save humanity, beautiful example on Sun how it binds solar families & helps for survival of humanity & finally Power of Prayers.

    My submission follows::

    In the time of COVID-19 started around March'2020( around 21 months back) individuals and communities across the globe are finding themselves as the recipients of changes with work, childcare, household roles & Professional roles etc.

    For example, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many parents became full time teachers in addition to their other responsibilities, and many people saw sources of income dwindle or completely stop like Migrant Workers, Unorganised Sectors etc.

    These sudden changes may be overwhelming and people may find themselves in the position of being a giver and/or a receiver of "EMPATHY", though the receiver may often be forgotten.

    There is grace and vulnerability in receiving just as there is in giving.

    While the already vulnerable, such as those with low socioeconomic status, are still in need of support, the list of vulnerable people in communities often expands and compounds in times of crises.

    This expansion may allow people to
    “walk in one’s shoes,” experience "EMPATHY" and act on it as we connect with others in our community whose plights we may not have understood before.

    Individual empathetic acts can help to manage new stresses.
    For example, a math teacher that goes above and beyond for his students, or a boss checking in on a stressed colleague after a Zoom meeting are acts of empathy that may go unseen but are immensely meaningful to the receiver.

    It is through these empathetic acts among our closest circle of friends and families that the impact may spread to those with whom we have distant relationships.

    In other words, these acts can create a cascade of empathetic acts as each receiver of one reflects on how to then show empathy to the next person in need.

    In this way, the receivers may be inspired to give empathetic acts of their own.
    These acts are not about praise and accolades,
    instead they are about human connections and recognizing that surviving, and more importantly thriving, in the time of crises is going to take more than just one person.

    Through empathetic interactions, a sense of collective purpose, action, and social participation grow in communities with empathy at the core.

    Ultimately, individual and collective empathic acts lead us toward resilient communities.

    In turn, we hope that a resilient community might inspire continuous empathic acts among individuals and the collective as we move toward the future.

    Thanks & Regards,
    Bijoy Kumar Mishra,
    GM (CSR & CL),

  5. Ratnakar Pati January 17, 2022 at 10:13 am - Reply

    Very nice

  6. Prashanta Routray January 17, 2022 at 11:41 am - Reply

    This piece of information is a true reflection of feelings, thoughts experience and emotion of another person.

  7. Jyotirmoy Parhi January 18, 2022 at 6:30 am - Reply

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  8. Jyotirmoy Parhi January 18, 2022 at 6:31 am - Reply

    'Empathy' has nicely been portrayed in many situations through out the article, may it be during post world war era or this ongoing covid pandemic period.
    The world will be a much better place to live if the whole of human civilization will be empathetic in each aspects of life.

  9. Dr.Pradeep Kumar Mallick January 23, 2022 at 4:29 am - Reply

    Nice explanation of empathy…

  10. Barnali Mohanty January 24, 2022 at 10:02 am - Reply

    Empathy is a very important aspect of life . It's a complete described writing we read and can feel it as well.

  11. DILLIP February 4, 2022 at 6:11 am - Reply

    Nice Read Madam ? empathy and love shines in this writing so sweetl and silently


Sasmita Samanta

Prof. Sasmita Samanta is an accomplished academician and administrator with more than two and half decades of experience in strategizing excellence in professional and technical education. Currently she wears the mantle of Professor of Management and Vice-Chancellor of KIIT Deemed to be University.

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