Regardless of your religion, if you lack empathy you won't be able to truly know your fellow humans. And yeah, sometimes that is hard, and needing to focus too much on empathy in any one direction can make you go overboard, and possibly cut off connections that with a bit more empathy for yourself you would have been able to maintain.
It is a bit like the eagle riding out the storm, by rising above it. People around you will tell you to cut the cords that bind you, but your spirit will be a better guide. Let others say what they will, in the end it is you who are morally responsible for what you do.