Do I really have to go through something myself before I can understand and care about it? It seems like a selfish way of looking at things, this idea that empathy only comes from personal experience. When someone loses a loved one, do I need to have lost someone too to empathize with them? Loss isn’t just about death; it’s also about separation from those we cherish, whether it’s a partner, friends, or even our home country. We all know what it feels like to miss someone dearly, so why should we limit our empathy to only those who share our exact experiences?

And when we see terrible things happening in the world, like genocide, do I need to witness it firsthand to care? Of course not. It’s about understanding the reasons behind these atrocities and choosing to care, even if we’re not directly affected. I would never wish such horrors on anyone. Genocides are man-made disasters caused by politicians who often fail us in so many ways. They break our economy, neglect our healthcare and justice systems, and push people into homelessness and mental instability. It’s the same government we vote for to protect and support us, yet they prioritize violence and division over our well-being.

So, when people ask, “Till it happens to you?” I say it’s already happening. Our hard-earned tax money shouldn’t be funding atrocities; it should be going towards free healthcare and education for all. It’s time to hold our leaders accountable and demand a government that truly cares about its people.

Additionally, empathy isn’t just about understanding; it’s also about taking action. We can’t stand idly by while injustices unfold. It’s up to each of us to speak out against oppression, to support those in need, and to work towards a more compassionate and equitable society. By coming together and advocating for change, we can make a real difference in the lives of others, even if we haven’t personally experienced their struggles. Empathy isn’t a passive feeling; it’s a powerful force for positive change.