“My heart beats fast: this is the aim, the great, the sole aim, that I have thought of in the trenches; that I have looked for as the only possibility of existence after this annihilation of all human feeling; this is a task that will make life afterward worthy of these hideous years. I take out my cigarettes, break each one in half and give them to the Russians. They bow to me and then light the cigarettes. Now red points glow in every face. They comfort me; it looks as though there were little windows in dark village cottages saying that behind them are rooms full of peace.” [All Quite on the Western Front, Chapter 8]
We see Paul’s empathy when he gives up his own food and cigarettes to Russian prisoners without any incentive except the desire to make people lives better. When your life is filled with the task of killing other humans, all little boosts of happiness are multiplied by quantities unimaginable. As humans, it is imperative that we be empathetic to those who are less fortunate, it will create a common peace between the people and make the world a better place.