Let’s check your progress.
Are you being compassionate when your empathy is engaged?
Are you fighting this tooth and nail?
Do you have a belief system that is getting in the way of building relationships unless they meet your expectations/demands?
Are you confronting your own indoctrination or are you reinforcing your beliefs and feeling defensive?
Does that help your relationship with your family or partner?
Does your partner complain about your lack of empathy, your inability to work with your own emotions, your coldness?
A homeless person is at the corner.
What feelings come up for you?
What do you do with those feelings?
Do you connect with your fellow human, recognizing the connection we all have, the need for basic mercy and compassion?
Even if you do not give a $5 case of bottled water, would you consider praying for them and seeing the reflection of yourself in them?
Would you consider trying a higher level of empathy?
If you cannot have empathy for someone who is that helpless, that vulnerable, the homeless, ask yourself about your belief system and whether or not it truly serves you with other humans.