Wednesday, March 16, 2011

As Easy As Empathy

What I'm thinking about is the way you can sit for a while with a friend who has been "going through a tough time," as they condescendingly say - a breakup or a lost job, maybe - and give a hug and buy a drink but then go home and say to someone else "what a shame" and forget about it, even as you feel the slight swell of superiority.

And then I'm thinking about the way it is when it's you who has been going through a tough time, and how you have to sit and live with the crunch of your insides all by yourself, after everyone has gone home.

I'd like to live a life that's as easy as empathy. I'd like my superior self in the future to buy drinks for my inferior self in the present.

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