Empathy is logical.
Empathy is entirely logical. Being logical doesn’t always mean correct. But empathy follows a perfectly logical process that exists for logical reasons.
No one entirely lacks empathy as far as I know. If you lacked empathy, you couldn’t enjoy movies. You couldn’t imagine what others were thinking in even the slightest ways. You couldn’t imagine what they were feeling. You couldn’t follow a story without empathy.
Even logicians : do they not empathize with the logic?
Empathy is substitution. Perfectly logical. Even algebraic. Lacking some variables could end one up with the wrong conclusion of course.
For example, some people believe they are empathic when they are instead projecting.
To project is not empathy.
That’s old science. Think about it: In order for someone to experience empathy, one has to hold an internal representation of the subject in mind. [if you believe in the representational theory of mind / symbol processing model]
It’s a very complicated process.
Perhaps it’s a cognitive defect of mine, but my brain is always chattering, self-analyzing while experiencing. I experience empathy as frequently as I’m rationalizing. As I feel the ‘pull’ of empathy, I’m also pulling it apart putting words to it, studying the experience while feeling it.
I can inhibit it consciously. If someone is sick I empathize and then get to work and do what needs doing. I never lose the empathy but I also rationalize through it.
Logic is a process though. It’s incorrectly a noun (unless someone is speaking of a system-of-logic in a book). You “logic” something. You reason. You rationalize. It’s nothing if it’s not being used
But there is an indispensable relationship with logic/emotion. You may have more of one or the other at any given time. But “pure emotion” or “pure logic” in a human is fictional at best.
For example, if you lacked emotion, your logic is useless. You’d never come to a conclusion about anything.
It’s a flaw in English. I’m describing verbs where we don’t have proper verbs. “I’m logicking right now” _should_ be proper English but the word isn’t there So, instead we use a nominal (noun) form “I am using a process (noun) of logic”. But the process being enacted (used) is logic, making it an effective verb.
Just weird artifacts of how our language is put together.
Sometimes reason and logic are interchangeable.
It can be misused though. For example, there’s systems of logic that people have drawn up over time. That’s distinct from human reasoning processes for one just “happens” and the other is a system someone created.
Native English speakers / writers also get confused. It’s likely you understand some things about English that a native speaker like myself wouldn’t because you had to learn it explicitly.
AT the same time, you might miss out on some subtleties because there’s implicit cultural knowledge. But that can be learned too.
I don’t understand some English accents. They even use completely different words sometimes.
I think there’s a lot of Norweigian people in Michigan and Wisconsin. I don’t know about Ohio.
NYC and Boston have a similar tone. I know the difference but that’s because I grew up in the area.
News reporters are *usually* taught to speak in “middle American” English – that is, with an accent that comes from the middle of the USA.
That’s considered a “generic American” accent. It’s understandable to everybody in the USA.
The further away you go from the middle, the stranger it gets.
I don’t understand people who are from Maine when they talk. If someone is from Texas, I understand them but I want to laugh when they talk : I can’t take their accent seriously. I dont know why.
Donald Trump talks like somebody from New York City. Bernie Sanders *also* talks like somebody from New York City.
Even though they sound different, there is more in common with how they talk than different.