Our ability to empatize is just as fragile as trust - yet critical for living a fulfilled life.
Empathy is a lot like trust:
Most were born with it.
It can be destroyed in a moment.
Then, it needs the right environment to ever grow back.
Empathy does not grow back simply by passing time. Once broken, empathy needs specific interventions to re-develop within a reasonable timeframe. Still, this is mostly a yearlong process.