Responsible Travel Week Day #5. Today’s challenge: Be empathetic.
While it makes sense to talk about what we love in travel and tourism, maybe our focus ought to be on empathy.
What is empathy? I love this definition from Roman Krznaric’s Empathy Library: “empathy is the imaginative act of stepping into the shoes of another person and viewing the world from their perspective.”
For those not familiar with Roman Krznaric (@romankrznaric), he’s suggesting nothing short of an empathy revolution. While not specifically talking about travel and tourism, he makes the point that we could improve our world by talking to strangers and listening to strangers in an empathetic fashion.
We’ve long promoted empathy as one of the critical levels of engagement. It compliments the attention, generosity, curiosity and creativity needed.
It’s not a big ask. Tim Minchin says in his Life Lessons “Empathy is intuitive, but is also something you can work on, intellectually.”
We have our work cut out for us, as locals, visitors and everyone in between. So raise your glasses, open your heart and have a wonderful, wonderful Valentine’s Day.
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