There are people who are born with a great amount of empathy, it is what makes them tick.
However, for everyone, not just the predisposed, empathy is a learned trait. As children we learn from our parents.
Empathy, however, as an adult, is directly tied to critical thinking. If you are unable to examine and try to understand an opposing viewpoint, you become that which you despise. Closed. Insular.
You are also incapable of empathy because you simply cannot understand where that person’s viewpoint is coming from because you simple choose to not understand. And the worse of it all, you are incapable of recognizing what you are doing, the mind closes, the coldness descends.
Thus ends my rant. By the way, this was directed at no reader of my blog. Perhaps it was directed at myself as a reminder. Or perhaps reading too much crap is getting to me.