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NashVegas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-26-03 10:45 AM
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155. How Can You Expect Empathy from Someone Who Can't Imagine?
Sympathy, yes, but empathy? True empathy? You'll die holding your breath.

Most people who've never struggled with weight can't imagine what it would be like to *feel* gravity when hiking up a steep hill or climbing 5 flights of stairs. Nor can they imagine *being the one* who needs the extra-wide seat. Once upon a time, I was one of those skinny people - a stick with boobs; as a larger person now, I'm not going to waste a drop of energy condemning others for what they simply can't understand, nor demanding they feel the way I want them too.

Most white people - even those who don't carry racial prejudices around - couldn't begin to imagine what it would *truly* feel like to be pulled over by the police for no other reason than being black and driving a particular car. You might have an idea, but you could never really *know*.

You need to get over your own bitterness if you want to change anything. Negatively does not affect positive change.



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