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Individual Change:

Understanding Each Other

 Social relationships and networks shape our lives in many ways. When relationships are positive, they provide encouragement, model behavior, and offer emotional support. When they are negative or absent, they create unhealthy behaviors, isolation, and poor health outcomes. According to Gallup, close friendships are essential to health, happiness and workplace productivity.  (UWCI Health White Paper).

Quotes about empathy and love as powers used in relationship:

  • UC Berkeley’s George Lakoff said that we can only bring about progressive social change by evoking empathy. You can’t get people to change by loading them up with facts or shaking your finger at them. You must talk to others with respect and caring – and then you connect. Social capital is thus central to progressive social change.
  • Martin Luther King said, love is not a sentimental response to problems; on the contrary, it “is that force which all of the great religions have seen as the supreme unifying principle of life.” It is a sum of empathy, understanding, compassion, friendship, altruism, impulse, attraction, energy, harmony, and reconciliation. We need to reinstate to this work all its “contents,” and give it back the richness that it has lost. (All We Need Is Love, Society New Humanism, 10 January 2013).
  • Ervin Laszlo wrote: “If we wish to face and solve problems, we must follow Gandhi (“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”)
  • Einstein (“You cannot solve a problem with the same way of thinking that created it.”). We must abandon strong, but often not verified, convictions, and obsolete beliefs.” (All We Need Is Love, Society New Humanism, 10 January 2013)
  • “Far from its sentimental or new agey interpretation, love is an archetypical force, recognized and identified in all cultures and societies, through time and space. Love is making its way into our contemporary culture through a series of labels: emotional intelligence, positive psychology, sustainability, cultural diversity, gender equality, social inclusion, conflict resolution, open source, crowd-sourcing, the gran unified theory.” –Ferdinando Buscema, a magic experience designer and advisor to Fetzer Institute (Fetzer Advisory Council on The Arts)