On empathy, part 2

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Because we live in a world where it is so easy to detach, to isolate ourselves from others, we have to work on empathy, that most fundamental of human qualities.  We have to remind ourselves to exercise our ability to connect our humanity with another, to travel to that person’s world and try to feel along with another human being.

Robert Jensen, Getting Off

It takes work to undo the effects of violent masculine socialization.  Many men don’t want to do this work.  They would rather compartmentalize away any suffering they might perceive in a woman than admit that they had any hand in causing it.

Read On Empathy, Part 1.

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