Empathy makes the world go round

Happy Day Fandelions,

Thanks for coming back for more news from the ground up!

You’re reading number 4 of the news that really matters.

It’s been an interesting week once more – we’ve had our first experience of a weird, cold, smoky, cloud – a Short-Stroker called it fog.

It was a very odd experience as it hung heavy in the air and we could barely see the Short-Strokers as they ran down the hill to see us. I liked this foggy scene, but this duvet of mist made Stump quite worried, so he hid in the hutch until the weather lifted.

I laughed at him because he was so scared, but Bobble-Hat-Bouncing-Bean came to speak to me, and we talked about how Stump felt when I laughed at him. We also talked about things that I’m afraid of, like the Long-Tailed-Scamper, and cauliflower, and then I thought about how I would feel if Stump laughed at my fears. I felt a hard lumpy sensation in my chest when we talked about these things, and had an overwhelming urge to hug Stump – which is quite tricky when your legs are so small and your bodies are so large. Lion-Hair said the feeling in my chest was a type of sadness because I knew that I had hurt Stump’s feelings and I recognised the feelings that Stump was experiencing. She said that I’m now beginning to develop something called ‘empathy’.

Here at Dandelion, the Tall-Hutch-Cleaners use special scripts and have a special approach that helps children to develop this thing called empathy, though it won’t be fully developed until the Short-Strokers are in key stage 2.

The Tall-Hutch-Cleaners said that Dandelion’s philosophical approach helps children to develop lots of positive characteristics, including empathy. It also teaches us to respect each other’s similarities and differences.

Bobble-Hat-Bouncing-Bean said that we should celebrate all differences, as these things make us special and unique, and it’s ok to be different.

So I told Stump that, although I wasn’t scared of fog, I knew what fear was, and how it made me feel. I couldn’t, and as Lion-Hair said, I shouldn’t, pretend that I know how exactly how something feels if I’ve never experienced anything like it. But, I HAVE experienced fear, although not the fear of fog. I told Stump that I couldn’t imagine how fog fear must feel, but I know fear and I offered to help in any way that I could.

Stump thought this was a good approach and a valuable social skill, so he asked me how he could help me feel better about my fears. I asked him to eat the cauliflower quickly so that I wouldn’t have to look at it for long. As true friends do, he did his best to help me, but eating cauliflower so quickly has its disadvantages.

I ponder how wonderful the world would be if everybody felt this empathy and this feeling for others. I consider how utterly wonderful the world would be if everybody celebrated differences rather than feared or ridiculed others for being different.

What a wonderful world we would all live in.

That’s all from the ground up,

Have a great week,

Love Trump – The Alternative xxxxx

Ps here’s a great article on empathy – https://www.goodstart.org.au/news-and-advice/february-2018/why-teaching-children-empathy-is-important