Compassion

A critical skill in turbulent times

Melanie Mühl asks what has happened to one of the most crucial skills of our times: the ability to feel compassion. It amounts to more than empathy, because those who feel compassion take real action. An inspiring and highly up-to-date book on the fundamentals of society, which poses the important question: is it possible to learn how to be compassionate?

Populism is flourishing. The social climate is harsh. Fear of social decline leads to xenophobia, even in cases where people have no contact to foreigners. In these times, when racism has become socially acceptable again, empathy is not enough. Mühl’s makes a compelling plea for active compassion – an ability that we can use to mend the rift in the fabric of society.

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