A new era of empathy: the end of ideologies

Changes in ideologies (psychology, philosophy, physics or any other area) are no longer relevant. They are no longer relevant because they are inadequate. They are inadequate because they are incapable of changing human motivation – the survival instinct. To put it simply: changes in ideologies are not capable of improving our condition precisely because they are incapable of changing our motivation.

Only changes that transform the shared human language are relevant. More specifically, only those changes that construct and demand empathy – within the language domain – are relevant. By the shared human language I mean any human language. I am not talking about any particular language. I am talking about the need to change the foundation of all human languages thus of how we imagine, construct, interpret, and express emotions .

Empathy needs to become the leading physiological and theoretical construct in all languages. Only once empathy is allowed to become the dominant feature of all human languages can we begin to transform the nature of our motivation. Again, to simplify even further: empathy needs to become a currency that would unite all human languages.

Ideology has failed to transform us because all human languages remain primitive. By primitive I mean incapable of understanding, deconstructing and changing the original survival instinct – as contained within different theories and in daily interactions. This means that all ideologies are destined to become the tools of the survival instinct. Or, the original survival instinct continues to use new ideologies and new technologies to manifest itself because our shared human language is too primitive to enable the survival instinct to evolve into a new instinct of empathy.

I propose that the task of psychology and philosophy is to transform the old survival instinct into a new empathy instinct by uniting and then transforming all human languages so that empathy is enabled to become the core motivation of human behavior. Thus part of their task is to recognize that it is not enough to change theories because theories cannot change minds.