It’s easy to have sympathy for the underdog.
It’s really hard to empathize with the favorite after it loses to the underdog.
- Sympathy and empathy are not the same.
- Empathy always takes work, but the effort required to have empathy is correlated to the level in which the favorite is favored.
This is such a practical way to build empathy: after a sports team loses that was initially favored to win, practice empathy towards that team. Especially if you despise said team. This will grow the muscle of empathy which is desperately needed in all realms of our society. Hopefully by practicing we can start living it in other areas.