Overcoming ‘Psychic Numbing’

“We all can relate to the saying ‘One death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.’ Our sympathy for suffering and loss declines precipitously when we are presented with increasing numbers of victims… We need to be alert to how psychic numbing… lead[s] us to act in ways contrary to our values… Addressing catastrophes like climate change, mass terrorist attacks and refugee crises may be beyond our reach unless we come to terms with how our minds perform the arithmetic of compassion.” [Read Article]