HikiCulture is a forum for reclusive people to socialize with each other. It's a place for people who don't feel comfortable socializing in person to comfortably converse online.
The 'hiki' part in HikiCulture is derived from the Japanese term hikikomori which essentially means an extremely reclusive individual. This forum is for reclusive people who are not necessarily 'true' hikikomori, but for anyone who is (at least) somewhat of a recluse.
I have noticed that when most people use the word empathy, they're actually referring to one of two very different things:
(1) The capacity of a person to "read" culture-typical social signals, respond in expected/predictable ways to common situations and experiences, and engage in a certain amount of "social learning" via particular kinds of imitation.
(2) The capacity of a person to feel emotions "on behalf" of others, to care about others, and to feel compelled toward ethical behavior.
I hardly think the two capacities decribed in (1) and (2) above could really be confused for each other, or assumed to mean the exact same thing, by anyone putting any actual thought into their discussion of what "empathy" means. And yet, it is not unusual to find people switching from talking about capacity (1) to talking about capacity (2) without any explicit indication that they are doing so, or any apparent understanding of what it might mean to conflate the two.
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