I think, naturally, a lot of us have the attitude that "if it didn't happen to me, why should I care?". You should care because one day, it could happen to you. You should care because you will need people to care about and for you, and to stand with you in your times of need. You should care because you were born with a working heart. It's beating, right now, and that should be enough of a reminder that you are capable of making a difference, of helping someone, of spreading awareness.
I have talked about this before, but I think we can all begin to possess empathy if we paid attention a little bit more. If we looked in the eyes of the people we interact with- whether it's a coworker or a cashier at the grocery store. If we begin to notice their pain, their distress, perhaps we can all become a bit more empathetic.
Why is empathy important? Because we're all out here just trying to survive. If we could show some empathy toward one another, we could make life a little happier and easier. We need to stand together, not against each other.
I truly believe that when we begin to have empathy, to open our hearts towards others suffering, we become kinder, more gentle people. That kindness will spread, and it will come right back our way.
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” - Leo Buscalgia
“The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy, we can all sense a mysterious connection to each other.” Meryl Streep