I lack empathy and I'm proud of it.
It really does make my life easier, along with being short on emotions in general. Only recently-ish I understood why most other people are incapable of thinking completely rationally and why things like Overton window are a thing. Emotional baggage causes them to respond by their feelings instead of following an evidence-based reasoning. Morality, ethics and humanitarianism aren't about making making others feel good - they're about making yourself
feel good. It's only due to empathy that others figure into it at all. It's about what we think
other people think, not what they actually think. Yes, we're all selfish bastards, even when we're not.
Realizing this is the first step to transcending evolutionary behavioral adaptations and, for lack of better term, "living consciously" (or at least as close as you can get to that in a human body).
If you ever wonder why I'm so jaded, it's because I live in a world built on utter humbug and I know that all too well. Lack of empathy can actually make it easier
to get into another person's head, which is especially powerful since you remain uninfluenced by their own feelings. The key here is to realize people pretty much always
follow some sort of logic, only most of the time with their emotions as input, as opposed to facts (not only that, for sane people, the logic is generally the most straightforward one possible). I lack the acting skills (or desire, I chose to be a decent person) to put it to full use, but someone who, besides empathy, lacks principles, can (and such people often do) manipulate people at his or her leisure. I mostly use this ability to observe and predict their actions (to my detriment, as it turned out. See my posts in political threads for example where that got me...).
And yeah, it makes living in a post-Soviet country much easier (effective immunity to cons, ads, propaganda and begging. What more could you ask for?
). I head Russians in particular are even less emphatic and emotional than Poles (which is why I sympathize with them so much. They're easier to understand), so this is probably a Slavic thing. I often get frustrated with Westerners because of that, too. It's not that they can't see or understand certain things, the refuse
to do so, just because it doesn't fit their view of what's acceptable.