Alternet has the interesting article Teaching Kids Empathy: In Danish Schools, It’s … Well, It’s a Piece of Cake.
“Our job as the teacher is to make sure that the children understand how the other feels, and see why the other feels as they do. This way, we come up with a solution together based on real listening and real understanding.”
This is what is missing in our culture and our politics. We cannot work together if we don’t give a damn about how the other person feels. This is exactly what I found missing in Ayn Rand’s books when I finally learned some empathy as a Sophomore in college. This is exactly what is missing in Libertarian philosophy.