Why Do You Need To Empathize With Your Oppressors?

Because they have the guns

Emma Lindsay
Nov 14, 2016 · 1 min read

So, I’ve been seeing a lot of people being like “why do I have to empathize with these people I hate and who hate me?” I can think of two reasons.

  1. Your wellbeing depends on it. If someone holds power over you, you have to get into their head. You have to understand how they think. It’s not fair and it’s not just. But you know what? It’s how you will survive.
  2. If you have the power to get someone to do what you want and you don’t have to consider their point of view or wellbeing, they are not the oppressor. You are.