WELCOME! This blog is dedicated to unmaking war and remaking men through a politics of empathy. Our focus is on unraveling current politics and controversies that are driven forces of by disinformation that are void of concern for human lives everywhere. The method here is the politics of empathy that I introduce in Unmaking War, Remaking Men: How Empathy Can Reshape Our Politics, Our Soldiers and Ourselves. With empathy as a viable source of knowledge, we are in a position to break through the confusion over issues made unnecessarily complex in order to garner support for ongoing wars.
The aim of this blog is, through a politics of empathy, to generate discussion and thinking through which we can arrive at deeper understandings of the forces that promote war to expand our numbers and platform in our demands of peace and equality. With empathy we put ourselves in the position of another to look at the world from their point of view. When we do that with those who are very different than oneself, and then, to the extent possible, try to feel what the other feels while asking oneself, ‘what would I do if that drone was bombing my child’s school or those soldiers are destroying my home or raping my sister. What if the heinous acts of war were happening to me, to my family, in my neighborhood, to my people?’ To ask those kinds of questions of oneself about someone in a different country, wearing different clothes, of a different race or ethnicity, of a different gender is to put oneself in a position of equality with that person, a subject of later blogs. If that equality is absent, the answers will not be empathetic, and will more likely lead to objectification of the other.