Empathy: Feeling the pain of others
Walt Whitman learned empathy as a nurse in the American Civil War, where he performed the work of doctors in caring for the wounded. Frequently this meant amputating limbs to save the life of a soldier. He describes the essence of empathy, saying"I myself become the wounded person." Empathy does not mean to understand the pain of another; it means to feel their pain, of a cut on the tip of a finger, red blood bubbling, throbbing beats of anguish.
James Baldwin discovers empathy vicariously, through books where he feels a deep connection with humanity. Nothing unites humanity as the suffering of pain, and Baldwin "connected" to others through empathy. We are all connected though we are separated.
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By Darin L. Hammond
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