Last time I blogged about the lack of compassion of some leaders and among them engineers that seems to play a major role in the suffering of many comminutes, specifically minorities.
A lack of normal empathy is often associated with mental issues, often leading to antisocial behavior, but for me this is differentiated from what people are experiencing today. Nowadays, the most common thing that we can observe in many places is that people show compassion when their interests are threatened or when their family, friends or organization are facing problems. Otherwise, they are completely insensitive. Would we qualify such individuals as being mentally ill?
No they are not, they are just simply biased or influenced by their environment; this is so widespread, that many people at many levels are normalizing things that are completely abominable. Showing antisocial behavior seems to be ‘à la mode’, and people trying to behave differently are sometimes discouraged, and give up, becoming just simple spectators.
I think ways to think and care about others and enable people to improve and enjoy decent conditions of life can be incorporated into an engineering curriculum, but I also agree with this statement from the article The Heroic Engineer of Taft H. Broome, Jr and Jeff Peirce “the prevalence and persistence of these cancers result from a curable defect in our culture”, (The Heroic Engineer of Taft H. Broome, Jr and Jeff Peirce, 1997). I agree, because I do not believe that the root of the problem originated from only how or what students are taught, it originates as well from their own homes, circles of families and friends. To illustrate, the Selfish or “Me” generation, hate speech, and racism are not taught in schools or universities, but are still major problems that multi-cultures or multi-racial countries are facing.
Everybody has a desire to live happily, be loved, and accepted by the community where he/she is living. Aren’t these some rights that everyone deserves? How one can be willing to fully enjoy these rights while not managing to help others enjoy their life, and to completely ignore their suffering?
In my opinion, if people want to see some changes or experience peaceful environments, they need to cut the evil at its roots. We rarely see people who grow with minorities or people of a different color being insensitive to their cause. The ability to behave in a wrong way or hate are not innate, they are acquired from the environment. Why not just teach children manners that can help them live without anger in their heart while thinking about others, and not blame other for being as an obstacle to their path?