To my future kid: The greatest thing I should teach you is empathy

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Dear Embryo,

If you grow up and have great empathy towards others, I will consider myself a successful parent.

This is the one greatest thing I could teach you.

And this may sound like a sweet trait that nice people have, it is also a trait that tough people have. It is a characteristic that could help you change the world for the better, but it is also one that will cause you great pain.

I am going to warn you first.  Empathy is not something that you should expect to be reciprocal, even by the people closest to you. But, my child, if you have it you will not only feel with your fellow man, you will also know people, understand their joy, their anger or pain. You will be able to see where they come from and what drives them. Even if you don’t agree with them, you will be able understand why they are acting the way they are.

I want you to try to understand everything; understanding is power.

I am going to explain to you what “understanding is power” means, because I don’t believe in using important words for pure wow effect without providing any real essence.

Understanding and empathize with others, gives you power to cause change. This is because if you choose to help, or intervene, you will act in a way that matters.

Sometimes you will be able to predict behaviors, even.

But the number one reason I want you to have empathy is that you will be unable to hurt any living creature. Treat others as you want to be treated. Be gentle. Gentleness is not a weakness either. The world has enough harshness, cruelty and darkness, but if there is one individual willing to make it just a little better, there is hope.

Love and Kisses,

Your mom.