Empathy for neighbors – in the Trump era

Story 1:
Say I’m drowning, and I saw a big strong guy as I was falling in. But he doesn’t come to my rescue. I’m so angry and cursing that he is heartless. Does he hate me because I’m a woman, gay, visible minority, uneducated, or immigrant?  What is your problem, you effing racist, xenophobic homophobe!, I scream with every desperate breath.

Story 2:
Say I’m drowning, and I saw a big strong guy as I was falling in. But he doesn’t come to my rescue. I’m so angry, and I notice he’s in the water. He’s helping another person get to the shore. I’m upset that he chose to help that other person because I have ___ and that other person probably doesn’t and I surely deserve more help than that person.

Story 3:
Say I’m drowning, and I saw a big strong guy as I was falling in. But he doesn’t come to my rescue. Then I notice that he is helping a small child get to the shore.

Story 4:
Say I’m drowning, and I saw a big strong guy as I was falling in. But he doesn’t come to my rescue. I’m so angry and cursing that he is heartless. Does he hate me because I’m a woman, gay, visible minority, uneducated, or immigrant?  What is your problem, you effing racist, xenophobic homophobe!, I scream with every desperate breath. What I don’t realize is that he doesn’t know how to swim, and he has a wife in a wheelchair, four kids all underage, one kid with autism, and ageing parents, all of who rely on his ability to make income.

I call on your empathy because that is the only thing that can heal us from here.

I’m very alarmed that the answer to President Trump was Women’s March, which called for division by banning pro-life anti-Trump citizens and, in some cities, creating riff with Black Lives Matter.

I’m concerned that the answer to President Trump commenting on women’s bodies is to make fun of the size of his hands.

 

Accusing President Trump of being divisive and engaging with hate of Trump supporters is hypocritical. Calling them bigots, sexists, racists, and xenophobes only divide.

Empathy does not have limits. If you first judge someone is deserving of your empathy or not before you grant them of your empathy, that’s not true empathy. Especially if you call the opposition uneducated and unaware, you must realize it is on you to exercise and advocate for empathy to bring everyone back together.

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