Person-to-person empathy only works when we have some experiential connection, based on experience, already built with the other party.
That connection can be as simple as having seen and spoken to a Belgian person — it doesn’t have to be a lot — but it needs to happen.
Before those connections are made, stories about ideologically distant tragedies will always fall short in readership.
Let’s bring people to new countries and new cultures via augmented and virtual reality, so that they can have this lesson in empathy early and have it safely.
Here is a 360 degree video of a Syrian refugee camp that takes you right into the experience.