Pro-Empathy Freedom Voters Are the Solution for a Caring Society

They exercise EI Competence - empathy intelligence - to protect human rights with the rule of law.

Welcome to the Empathy Surplus Network USA’s Substack. We are a 501c3 membership-driven human rights empathy education collective focused on making empathy central to constant public discourse on any human rights issue. No state in our Union currently requires the cultivation of empathy or learning about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in their state’s academic standards for grades K-12. Consider proposing the CARE Education Bill in your state.

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What Is Empathy Intelligence Competence?

Reframing IS social change. First and foremost, EI-competent people and organizations are committed to making the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) core values - empathy for and responsibility to humanity - central to framing constant public discourse.

Why is framing so important?

In YOUR BRAIN’S POLITICS, co-author, cognitive scientist, and linguist Elisabeth Wehling, interviewing author, cognitive scientist, linguist, and progressive activist George Lakoff, says, “Our metaphor choices are usually unconscious. It’s not the case that look at abstract concepts, such as taxation, and ask ourselves, ‘What brain source domain for taxation should I use today?”

Dr. Lakoff replies, “Right, but if the choice is not conscious and deliberate, then . . . it’s the language used in public discourse that determines how things are perceived.”

“But that’s only one part of the issue,” Lakoff continues. “There is more to this. Namely, the more often a metaphoric mapping is due in language, the more that metaphor is being engrained in people’s brains due to synaptic strengthening.” If public political debate implements one given metaphor again and again - then that metaphor becomes our primary way of perceiving the issue at hand. The mapping simply becomes part of our common sense, our ‘only,’ ‘unquestionable,’ and ‘inherently rightful’ shared understanding of the issue.”

The UDHR Preamble and Articles 1, 2, 29, and 30 say the most important thing that  “every individual and every organ of society” can do to protect Human Rights Articles 3-28 with the rule of law is to keep UDHR empathy - the human rights moral WHY - “constantly in mind” and teach, educate, and “promote respect for these rights and freedoms by progressive measures.”

EI Competence has four areas:

  1. EI “Trust” Competence - Caring people and organizations frame trust in the rule of human rights law through committed, honest, open, and repeated framing of every possible political issue with empathy for and responsibility to humanity. 

  2. EI “Protection” Competence - Caring people and organizations frame protecting humanity from billionaires with an effective, democratic politics of care so that everyone can fulfill their full potential and be treated fairly, equitably, and with dignity. 

  3. EI “Collaboration” Competence - Caring people and organizations frame shaping future generations of diverse nurturing family communities through service in partnerships that collaborate with a politics of care in both the private and public sectors.

  4. EI “Freedom” Competence - Caring people and organizations frame the creation of caring economies free from the fear of billionaires with sufficient prosperity and opportunities for all to survive our carbon pollution blanket and thrive.

Consider Joining the UN Global Compact

Reframing IS social change. Empathy Surplus Network USA has been a member of the UN Global Compact since 2014. We use the latest insights of the brain from cognitive scientist and linguist George Lakoff. Dr. Lakoff says you must repeatedly talk about what you want to get what you want. Limited-empathy billionaires are good at this. Democracy-loving progressives in both US political parties must get better at framing the protection and empowerment of human rights with the rule of law.

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Empathy Surplus Network USA Zoom Forum members aspire to make ESNU a progressive educational alternative to conservative forums like ALEC, reverse our national empathy deficit, and make empathy the center of constant public debate and the MORAL WHY of all legislation. Our membership dues of $10/month are a token of one’s commitment to govern with empathy for and responsibility to humanity. Members receive a login email address in the following format

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Chuck Watts at Empathy Surplus

After serving on George Lakoff's Rockridge Nation board, I founded Empathy Surplus Network USA. A paid subscription benefits the organization, allows you to make a public comment, and makes Empathy Surplus Zoom Forum membership possible.