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recognize greater societal opportunities. Mastering empathy could prove to be vital to the quality of our collective lives, may impact how humane our institutions become, and perhaps may be the catalyst to prod our respective governments into refocusing on a more conscientious approach to human rights. Empathetic behavior on a global scale may well be the critical skill set necessary to ensure the noble evolution of the human race and genuine caring for our planet. When we focus on ourselves, our world contracts as our problems and preoccupations loom large. But when we focus on others, our world expands. Our own problems drift to the periphery of the mind and so seem smaller, and we increase our capacity for connection— or compassionate action. - Daniel Goleman This world cannot become a more peaceful and caring place without more people around the globe embracing these ideals. By giving voice to the oppressed and underprivileged we may also be securing our own continuing freedoms and privileges. In the apropos words of the great Nelson Mandela, “Our human compassion binds us one to the other, not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.” If we choose what is next collectively, meaning that if enough people turn towards each other envisioning 6 IMAGINE l SPRING 2016 a more conscious future together, we will have the power to create a more peaceful world. Social activist Margaret Wheatly offers this advice: “We must develop the will to act. We can’t keep rejecting solutions because they require us to change… or give privilege to others! We can either turn away or turn toward” each other. Getting to a Greater Peace Developing a culture of peace truly begins with each of us. It starts by choosing to welcome a mindset based on empathy, a reality that actively seeks to undo hardships for the many based on privilege for the few. We must utilize privilege positively to fulfill the basic human rights of justice and peace for all people. Author Doug Noll, a full-time peacemaker and mediator contends, “Peacemaking by definition seeks to disenfranchise those who seek unfair advantage, who prefer to maintain disparities that favor themselves.” Why does this concept of a more just world, a more peaceful existence for all, sound so farfetched when in the past century alone in the United States we have passed a Civil Rights Act, enacted the right to vote for blacks and women, eradicated several terrible diseases, witnessed ѡ)ѡ ɱ]܁ٔ)ѕѼ́ѕݥѠ)ѡȁɽչѡх]ͽѕ䁡ٔѡ)ѼٕͥЁ́)ȁݽɱݔɕ锁)ȁمЁͥɥѥ́ѕ)ɕ̸)%ݽɱݡɔ)Ёѡɕ͔ѡаѱ䰁)́́٥ɥЁ͔ٔ()͕䰁ѡ́쁅)ѡ䁥ͅ䰁ѥѥ)ɅȰչ䁽ɥ)ɕ́ɕɕ͕ՅɥхѥѥՅͥѡ)ͽѥ̸+q]Ё݅ѼѡЁ)̳tɥѕ́ѡȁ七qQ)Ё́́ѡЁЁѼ݅)Ё͕ٕ聽ȁȁ͍͹̸Iɑ́ȁɕѥٔɍյх̰ݔ)ɕ饹ȁͽٕ́)ݽɱѠєͥѥ̻t)Mɥ٥ȁх)ݽɱѡɽ՝ѡѥ)͡ձѡѕȁȁչٕͅ)̰Ё́ɔٕЁ)Ёɵѡɽ՝ͥє٥̸)I]ѕȁ)ՍѽȰɕ́́Ѽٕ)ѡѡѥ胊uQ͔)́ݡɕeЁɕձɱՉЁѼ)ɥЁɕՑٔɅ)ѥѼѡɐɡ)չхݽɬѼ)չ͍͕͍́́٥́ѥՑϊQЁՑ)хЁȁݸɥ٥)!յɥ́͡ձمѼ)!܁ݔٔ݅ɐѡ͔)́ݡٔ啐ɥ٥)ݡٕ́eЁЁЁѼչхѡɕ䁽ѡ͔ݡٔ)аѼɕ́и]Ёɕѡɽ͔ѕȁɥ)ȁt=ѡݥѡɔ)ɥѡѥٔݥѼ)ȁ́Ѽѡ̸)ѡɕͽչݽɑ́)9ͽ5q%Ё́ȁ)Ѽɕєѕȁݽɱȁݡ)ٔлt((