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Empathy is not the only force that motivates kindness. — Paul Bloom, “Against Empathy”
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Against Empathy | a Boston Review forum -
In his lead essay, Paul Bloom writes:
“I’ve come to realize that taking a position against empathy is like announcing that you hate kittens—a statement so outlandish it can only be a joke. And so I’ve learned to clarify, to explain that I am not against morality, compassion, kindness, love, being a good neighbor, doing the right thing, and making the world a better place. My claim is actually the opposite: if you want to be good and do good, empathy is a poor guide.”
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It is a political act to force someone to enter the mind, the spirit, the perspective of another human being. — Tobias Wolff, in this BR interview
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The West has failed, perhaps wilfully, to understand the Syrian revolution.
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