How do we ask people being disenfranchised to empathize with the very people whose votes empowered their disenfranchisement?
Israelis and Palestinians shouldn’t try to feel one another’s pain. Peace will come only when leaders on both sides forget friendship and think honestly about their longterm best interests.
FORWARD EDITORIAL: Barack Obama shrewdly tapped into ‘Passover empathy’ in his pro-peace speech in Israel. Will it be enough to overcome the trepidation that ‘Purim Jews’ feel?
If you want to show someone you care, you need to show up. Virtual empathy does not replace your presence; it is merely the easy way out of trying to be kind to a fellow human. Writing a few words on a website or tracking the progress of an ill person are certainly thoughtful gestures. The problem is that there are those who, having made those gestures, will believe their quota of meting out kindness to another has been fulfilled, that they need not do more.