Empathy is a wonderful thing …

… but one can’t blame people for not having it, because you either have it or don’t. Respect and tolerance are a different story, because you don’t have to feel these things to practice them; you respect and tolerate people who are different from you because you know this is right, and you can will yourself to do the right thing, no matter what you feel. [Apropos: bullying in schools.– Ed.]


  Jenny wrote @

Very true — thank you for reminding me.

  basil2011 wrote @

I put “empathy” in the same category as “love” and “compassion.”

Into the “respect” and “tolerance” category I’d put “friendliness.” In fact I would call that category “COURTESY.” :)

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