Empathy and sympathy: the line and why

How much do we know about empathy? Aren’t we unconsciously sympathising others by feeling pity towards them? Unfortunately, that’s just sympathy, not empathy. Because empathy is not a feeling, it’s an ability.

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Empathy, for a mere word, embodies such a powerful manifestation that shows the unique human-kind was gifted. It enables us to not only share food when in need, but also offer someone’s favourite food when they are feeling unwell. It also lets us to love other animals without expecting reciprocation as well as someone who we hate. We sometimes call it sympathy. We sacrifice with sympathy. We share food, take time to help others, and feel sad for those in despair. However, they are two different concepts. Empathy, defined in Oxford English Dictionary, is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. Sympathy, in contrast, is feelings of pity and sorrow for someone else’s misfortune. Yes, there’s a clear difference. Empathy is the ability and sympathy is the feeling.
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Crime and Prejudice

Are foreigners more violent than native population? Do foreigners commit more crimes than Koreans do? Or is it just a myth that we want to stick to. Harshly speaking, the reason foreigner-led crimes in Korea is magnified through media is because they should be exaggerated to let people blame for bad things on others who we carry no responsibility for.

Are foreigners more violent than native population? Do foreigners commit more crimes than Koreans do? Or is it just a myth that we want to stick to.

Harshly speaking, the reason foreigner-led crimes in Korea is magnified through media is because they should be exaggerated to let people blame for bad things on others who we carry no responsibility for.
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Requiem for a bigot

The 2016 US presidential election has seized my attention for the last few days mainly because of its significance in world politics AND the provocative speech of Mr Donald Trump. I don’t think he’s as senseless as to believe “illegal alien rapes and murders baby,” but he sure craves for an attention. As much as I hate to be impressed by his act, I couldn’t help but to be inspired by it on the good racism and the bad racism.
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Different language, different personality

Why do I behave differently in different languages? I can be amusing in one language but I can be more submissive in another. It is the experience that mirrors my behaviour when using certain language, or the culture blended in the language for that matter. Experience depending on the choice of language can differ significantly in my case. It conceives different social norms as well as varying range of acceptable boundaries.

A few days ago I was talking to my friend how I’m frustrated by not being able to amuse people in my native language. I’ve been more frequently questioning myself if I’m a boring person or if I don’t enjoy talking within a certain cultural code, i.e., Korean. Sometimes more than often I find myself struggling in talking to people not to mention finding them uninteresting. I don’t dislike the culture that I was brought in, in fact, I don’t have any preference in any type of culture that bounds one’s personality into social consistency.
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