The Western World has been successful in enculturating a value system that places heavy emphasis on performing, producing, competing, and consuming. The use of the internet has further impacted these tendencies placing outsized importance on those same values. 
When we give ourselves permission to connect, create, collaborate and co-create we find deeper satisfaction in our work and in our lives. 
Empathy is the bridge to connection. 
Empathy is often confused with sympathy. When we are sympathetic we feel for another person. When we practice empathy we feel with the other person, putting ourselves in their shoes.