The Lack Of Empathy Will Only Grow

Rosalyn Morris
3 min readApr 25, 2022

We’re living in a dog eat dog world.

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I don’t want to be negative nor do I want to be the bearer of bad news.

But, the lack of empathy in the world today is astounding.

The COVID crisis is a symptom of a bigger illness that’s been growing for decades. There’s a lack of care and empathy that people have for their fellow man and woman. It’s seen in small ways and larger ways.

Because people didn’t want to be inconvenienced by wearing a mask, one million Americans have died from COVID-19. Eighty million people have caught it.

The worst part is that if you mention this to those who don’t follow the rules— the responses are terrifying.

I don’t care about a pandemic. I don’t want to be inconvenienced at all. I only care about myself. It’s more important for me to eat brunch inside a crowded restaurant, and go to concerts, then it is for other people to live.

The people who will die and get really sick from COVID don’t matter. They are the elderly or the weaklings. I don’t care about them being immunocompromised. If they die, they die. It’s survival of the fittest.

The economy is more important than people’s health or emotional wellbeing.

I can’t say what’s caused this. I don’t know if it’s some form of isolation and individualism that has occurred because of social media, a lack of resources that makes each person think it’s every man for himself, or the lack of community we experience on a daily basis. I don’t talk to anyone in my apartment building. I don’t know their names and I would never knock on their doors. Growing up, we knew our neighbors. We talked to them. We could also borrow the proverbial cup of sugar if needed.

I remember once, around five years ago, the gas gauge on my car stopped working. So, I ran out of gas. I was in a neighborhood where cars passed me, and the residents of the house I…

Rosalyn Morris

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