Empathy is not an emotion. Empathy is the ability to feel what others feel. Empathy is not something you yourself feel. It’s something you do. It takes a higher level of thinking to do that. Emotions CAN cloud judgement, but to say that they always cloud judgement is false. Part of being a human is balancing the side of your brain that is logic and the side that is emotion and finding a way to making decisions by integrating the two.