Albert Einstein once said, “Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality… This is not philosophy. This is physics.”
In less scientific terms, Einstein is suggesting that you get out of life what you put into it. If you want others to treat you with respect and kindness, you should treat them accordingly. It sounds simple enough, but it doesn’t always come naturally.
The following Flocabulary songs address the concept of sympathy and empathy. Below the songs, we have questions you can use to have a discussion about caring behavior. And don’t forget, Flocabulary has more songs and videos to teach Character Education.
Songs About Caring
This song teaches students the importance of seeing two sides to every story. Ask: Do you know anyone who likes to criticize? Why do you think they act this way? Why is it bad to have apathy towards others? Listen now.
This is the real story of Wesley Autrey, the “Subway Superman,” who risked his life to save another person. Ask: What did Autrey witness? How were Autrey’s actions different from those of the people around him? What can we learn from Autrey? Listen now.
This song can be used to teach students how their actions affect people around them. Ask: What are some things this song suggests about how to treat others? What is the difference between empathy and sympathy? What is the message of this song? Listen now.
Questions for Discussion
- How did the characters in these songs show they cared? Were there any characters that you thought didn’t show enough concern for others, or could’ve done more?
- Who do you admire that is a caring person?
- Why is it important to show you care for others?
- Sometimes, we might be in a situation where we care for someone or something, but we don’t always show it. What keeps us from showing we care? Why might it be bad to not express that we care?