Barack Obama & Design Engineering…

As a Canadian engineer I learned in school that the first thing you do after defining the problem is to do some background research.  Given that the problem is “We are not currently living in the best possible world, what can be done to make it a better place…?”

I was thinking, “Wouldn’t it be cool if our new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did some background research and built upon these quotes…”

“The biggest deficit that we have in our society and in the world right now is an empathy deficit. We are in great need of people being able to stand in somebody else’s shoes and see the world through their eyes” Barack Obama

“The world doesn’t just revolve around you. There’s a lot of talk in this country about the federal deficit. But I think we should talk more about our empathy deficit.” Barack Obama

“My third piece of advice is to cultivate a sense of empathy – to put yourself in other people’s shoes – to see the world from their eyes. Empathy is a quality of character that can change the world.” Barack Obama

“Learning to stand in somebody else’s shoes, to see through their eyes, that’s how peace begins. And it’s up to you to make that happen.” Barack Obama

We live in a culture that discourages empathy. A culture that too often tells us our principle goal in life is to be rich, thin, young, famous, safe, and entertained. Barack Obama

I’m determined to disagree with people without being disagreeable. That’s part of the empathy. Empathy doesn’t just extend to cute little kids. You have to have empathy when you’re talking to some guy who doesn’t like black people. Barack Obama

What is the empathy deficit? “The inability of people to stand in other folks shoes. ..  It’s hard toempathize with people who have different values than you” Barack Obama

(men)
“One of the values that I think men in particular have to pass on is the value of empathy. Not sympathy, empathy. And what that means is standing in somebody else’s shoes, being able to look through their eyes. You know, sometimes we get so caught up in “us” that it’s hard to see that there are other people and that your behavior has an impact on them. And sometimes brothers in particular don’t like to feel empathy, don’t like to think in terms of “How does this affect other people?” because we think that’s being soft. There’s a culture in our society that says we can’t show weakness and we can’t, therefore, show kindness. That we can’t be considerate because sometimes that makes us look weak.”  Barack Obama

(men)
“The second thing we need to do as fathers is pass along the value of empathy to our children. Not sympathy, but empathy – the ability to stand in somebody else’s shoes; to look at the world through their eyes. Sometimes it’s so easy to get caught up in “us,” that we forget about our obligations to one another. There’s a culture in our society that says remembering these obligations is somehow soft – that we can’t show weakness, and so therefore we can’t show kindness.

But our young boys and girls see that. They see when you are ignoring or mistreating your wife. They see when you are inconsiderate at home; or when you are distant; or when you are thinking only of yourself. And so it’s no surprise when we see that behavior in our schools or on our streets.

That’s why we pass on the values of empathy and kindness to our children by living them. We need to show our kids that you’re not strong by putting other people down – you’re strong by lifting them up. That’s our responsibility as fathers.”  Barack Obama

(judges)
We need somebody who’s got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what it’s like to be a young teenage mom, the empathy to understand what it’s like to be poor or African-American or gay or disabled or old – and that’s the criterion by which I’ll be selecting my judges. Barack Obama

[peace]
each side has legitimate aspirations — and that’s part of what makes peace so hard. And the deadlock will only be broken when each side learns to stand in the other’s shoes; each side can see the world through the other’s eyes. That’s what we should be encouraging. That’s what we should be promoting.

As it is written in the Book of Deuteronomy, “Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.”  To me, that verse is a call to show empathy to our brothers and our sisters; to try and recognize ourselves in one another…

Bad Workmanship…    Relationships are the foundation/bricks that we build the best possible world.   Relationships are built over time through communication and verb love.

get down, walk around, write it down, pray

belittling of my working-brothers, in any field of their labour”

 

calling

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