Monday, May 9, 2011

Empathy

A rabbi once said, “If you don’t know what hurts me, how can you say you love me?”

This video calls for the sort of radical empathy required by True Love. You cannot say you love someone different than you - even someone like an Arab terrorist - until you have truly empathized with where they are coming from. This, to me, is an obvious aspect of what love really is. Let me say it one more time: If you do not empathize with someone different than you, the love you say you have for them is a delusion... probably even a LIE.



If you make someone else out to be "other" than you - if you see them as somehow inferior, or sub-human (if, for example, you have no emotion of grief at the thought of killing them) - while at the same time claiming to love them, then you, my friend, are a liar. Liar, liar, pants on fire. Please stop. And double pretty please with a cherry on top... stop going around bragging to everyone about how you're a "Christian." You're embarrassing me. "Christian" is supposed to be something other people call you when they see you doing ridiculous things, like loving your enemies and doing good to people who persecute you.

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