How can we acknowledge our fragility?


Acknowledging our fragility is an essential aspect of human empathy and compassion. According to , understanding that fragility is at the core of humanity allows us to accept our own weaknesses and vulnerabilities without shame. In communities where members live with deep suffering, individuals can learn from each other’s fragility, which ultimately frees them from isolating feelings of inadequacy and fosters a sense of shared humanity 1.

Moreover, emphasizes that life's beauty is inseparable from its fragility. She argues that tough emotions are an integral part of our contract with life, suggesting that a meaningful life involves embracing all aspects of our existence, including those that are challenging or uncomfortable. This perspective challenges the societal norm that values only positive emotions and highlights the importance of developing skills to cope with difficult emotions 2.

Fragility and Empathy

Xavier Le Pichon discusses the importance of embracing human fragility and how it relates to empathy and compassion. He draws parallels between the fragility of human life and the way earthquakes are formed, shedding light on the significance of weaknesses in both society and the natural world.

On Being with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Xavier Le Pichon with Krista Tippett