I think we should talk more about our empathy deficit – the ability to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes; to see the world through the eyes of those who are different from us – the child who’s hungry, the steelworker who’s been laid-off, the family who lost the entire life they built together when the storm came to town.
When you think like this – when you choose to broaden your ambit of concern and empathize with the plight of others, whether they are close friends or distant strangers – it becomes harder not to act; harder not to help.
US President Barack Obama. 2006, August 11. Commencement Address [my title for it] given at Xavier University. Available: http://obamaspeeches.com/087-Xavier-University-Commencement-Address-Obama-Speech.htm. May 17, 2013.
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