Empathy is how one person feels that has walked a mile in the same shoes as the the person they feel Empathy for.
There was an outrage in France not so long ago because middle class Brady Bunch type women were concerned for the well being of dogs owned by street urchins; insisting their only company be taken away from them.
With some empathy or taking the time to think further and consider how the others in the situation not only feel but also as to what device they use to get by...
...It could be that the dog is self-sufficient while still the only living thing to provide the poor urchin company and may also be hunting / gathering opportunity for the vagabond.
Sure, the pampered and privileged women, making a stink, may think they are rescuing an animal but they are destroying a human in the process and in a situation where the symbiotic relationship may be working perfectly well for the animal.
Very seldom have I met people, especially women, with easy lives who still have the intellectual capability to think long and hard prior to interfering in another person's life.
The extra thinking that is required to exercise empathy.