Attention is a scarce resource.
And Economics is the study of scarcity.
That is why I say, we live in an Attention Economy. And that is why advertisers spend billions of dollars every year just to get our attention.
But the best way to get attention is to give attention
And the best attention is empathic attention.
However we all seem to want and give sympathetic attention.
Sympathy means to feel the same as, and we try to share the same feelings and thoughts.
While empathy means knowing the feelings and thoughts of another, but not necessarily sharing them.
Sympathetic attention seems more natural, while empathic attention needs to be learnt, like reading and writing - so it is possible to become empathically literate.
I am not much good at giving attention because I am so concerned about getting enough attention for myself.
This leads to an attention poor environment - when, with a little practice, we can create an attention rich environment.