031: Culture, Social Media & Empathy with Skye Jethani

Skye Jethani is an award-winning author, speaker, consultant and ordained pastor. He’s a wealth of knowledge and insight into our current culture and the context of the church within that culture.

Most of us would quickly agree that we need to grow in empathy, both personally and as a society. Skye has thought about this a lot. “When people are over-stimulated, when they move quickly, when they are being constantly bombarded by external stimulus or when they have to make rapid decisions, the slower part of the brain that produces empathy shuts down…” comments Skye.

“Social media is designed to make us react, not make us reflect. As I think about the issue of justice and creating a more virtuous and righteous public square, I’ve come to the realization that, in order to do that, we need to slow down, disconnect and reflect. We need to give time for our brains to really think through our neighbor’s experience so that we can grow in empathy.”

But how do we do that? Listen in to hear Skye’s reflections on today’s culture as it relates to a myriad of topics- from the connection between empathy and justice, the history of the shipping industry, the power of story, the 2nd Amendment, and much more.

To listen to the show, click one of the links below.

LINKS:

Skye’s website: skyejethani.com 

The Righteous Mind– Jonathan Haidt

Silence by Endo

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