It takes a heart to ride the wheel
of passion and start
to reference position without taking part
or sides in stories that break one apart.
Empathy is the ability
to ride passion’s wheel aptly.
A journey reserved for the extraordinary
they say but on the contrary;
open to all humanity.
To be human is to feel
and understand what it means to keel.
But to empathize is to ride passion’s wheel.
It takes a heart to see
when eyes are built to look.
It takes a heart to journey
when legs are built to walk.
Passion’s wheel is a tricircular sphere
with eight portions for emotions
marked by color for qualities
and distance from the center for intensities.
Where annoyance, anger, and rage
form the first octant;
red denotes aggressiveness.
Where boredom, disgust, and loathing
form the second octant ;
berry denotes contempt.
Where pensiveness, sadness, and grief
form the third octant;
dark blue marks remorse.
Where distraction, surprise, and amazement
form the forth octant ;
light blue marks disapproval.
Where apprehension, fear, and terror
form the fifth octant;
light green marks awe.
Where acceptance, trust, and admiration
form the sixth octant;
dark green marks submission.
Where serenity, joy, and ecstasy
form the seventh octant;
yellow marks love.
Where interest, anticipation, and vigilance
form the eighth octant;
orange marks optimism.
Like passion’s tricircular hierarchy wheel
emotions in humans reveal
empathy, Alexithymia, or antipathy.
Hearts sort humans
as riders of empathy;
drifters of Alexithymia
and the walking dead of antipathy.
Those who see with their hearts
understand where others stand
and stood to be understood
are riders of empathy.
Those who are blind in their hearts
fail to understand where they stand
and run before understanding themselves
or letting others understand them
are drifters of Alexithymia.
But those who are blinded by their hearts
and refuse to understand where others stand
yet expect to be understood
are the walking dead of antipathy.
It takes a heart to sort humans
but it only takes a rider
to tell drifters from dead walkers
for only a heart sees
when the eyes look with ice
at compromise, demise and advice.
This poem reflects the definitions of empathy, alexithymia, and antipathy from the side of an empath with scientific connotations aligned with morality and humane values.
You may refer to the diagram below to understand passion's wheel or watch the slideshow @ https://commaful.com/play/pasithea/passions-wheel