An exchange of empathy provides an entry point for a lot of people to see what healing feels like.
Democracy is based upon empathy and the recognition that some decisions are solely for the community's benefit without regard to one's own narrow self-interest.
Human nature is complex. Even if we do have inclinations toward violence, we also have inclination to empathy, to cooperation, to self-control.
Empathy begins with understanding life from another person's perspective. Nobody has an objective experience of reality. It's all through our own individual prisms.
Empathy is born out of the old biblical injunction "Love the neighbor as thyself."
I think we all have empathy. We may not have enough courage to display it.
The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy.