Rose-coloured glasses, eat your heart out. Look at life through a new kind of lens.
Have you ever wanted to see the world through a fresh set of eyes? Well, with virtual reality glasses, now you can.
Gamers, retailers, social media giants and sports fanatics alike have jumped at the chance to harness this revolutionary technology. Believe it or not, you will soon be able to battle a villian or zoom in on a game-winning try with the click of a button. But as excited as we are to trial Snapchat’s new spectacles, something slightly more philanthropic is stealing the spotlight.
Project Empathy is one of many organisations paving the way for more productive use of this invention. “A global service learning project led by students”, Project Empathy aims to help students in “internet deserts” access incredible technology.
And for those who already have access to the technology, Project Empathy allows you to literally experience life through the eyes of another. The saying “walk a mile in someone else’s shoes” is now a real possibility and the benefits of this experience are unprecedented.
Be transported into a prison or across the globe to a Third World country and come to terms with the turmoil others face on a daily basis. Otherwise untold stories experienced through virtual reality combine to form an incredible human tapestry that highlights the importance of empathising, rather than sympathising.
The hope is that people who engage with the intimate experience offered by Project Empathy will undergo a paradigm shift. Some might go on to join the growing group of campaigners and help to enact global change.
Enhancing public understanding is the first step on the journey to success. The belief that those in power respond to civilian movements continues to spur on the compassion of those campaigning.
Other not-for-profit organisations such as UNICEF and Amnesty International are employing similar tactics in order to bring greater awareness to their worthy causes.
With each breakthrough, virtual reality is opening doors all around the world. So why not step inside and see for yourself?
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