I see entangled empathy as being much related to my own ideas about rewilding our hearts and the growing field called compassionate conservation. Do you agree?
I do agree. Your ideas about rewilding our hearts, a personal transformation process to get others to reconnect and become re-enchanted with nature, have been very instrumental in my thinking about new ways to understand our relationships with other animals, including humans. And, compassionate conservation, with its focus on the well-being of individuals, is another practice of entangled empathy that I want to write more about.
Is there anything else you'd like readers to get out of your excellent book?
One thing I think is crucial in our process of thinking differently about our relationships is to recognize that making those relationships better requires practice. There isn't a "one size fits all" solution. We need to continually learn more about ourselves and others to improve the lives of everyone. We will make mistakes, so we should always engage with a fair dose of humility, but also be hopeful that we can fix our mistakes and hone our empathetic skills.
Empathy begets empathy
I highly recommend Professor Gruen's new book because it will get people to think deeply about the nature of our relationships with other animals and because it also factors humans in the equation. There is no way in our complex, challenging, and truly magnificent world, that humans can be left out of solutions for improving the lives of other animals, although we are so often the cause for conflict with them and for trumping their interests in favor of ours.