Thanks for your reflections Mike. I think I had a very similar response to the interpathy article. I especially like what you said about “letting go of myself and my baggage” enough to see the other person in front of me, to appreciate them for who they are. That seems so difficult in our society’s current milieu, but it doesn’t seem like it needs to be as hard as we have made it.
And, I agree with you that if we have to practice interpathy in real-time in-person encounters, we may be facing some huge challenges. I’m not sure if I completely agree that “actual interface” is the only way to develop interpathy. Certainly it happens much faster and easier in this setting, but given the confines and complications of our current experiences, I want to hope that interpathy skills can be acquired in more virtual ways as well. Maybe someday that can be possible.