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In Someone Else's Shoes

Submitted by ub on Thu, 07/18/2019 - 21:07

Empathy means being able to put yourself in someone else's shoes and then leaving them once again. So think about Individual #1 who claims he and North Korea's Communist dictator Kim Jong Un 'Fell in Love' who says he believes Putin over American intelligence and will even go as far as to cozy up with the leader of Russia, who interfered in our election and will undoubtedly do it again.

To stand in someone's shoes to see from another's point of view and to feel what another feels. How would it be, and what would cause you to say such things and participate in these activities? What is the end game? Aren’t Kim and Putin aliens, elitists and outsiders? Is embracing these individuals being pro or anti-American? This is what happens when we inhabit other shoes to give us an understanding of experience, feelings, and points of view.

If you could stand in someone else's shoes ... Listen to what he hears. Look what he wants to see. Feel what he feels. Would you treat them differently?

Experiencing empathy requires a mental trick, even if it is one we do in our own minds. It involves directing our consciousness to a place where our mind does not go by itself, what it feels like to be someone else, to stay there for a moment, so we record the emotional and cognitive landscape, and then we go back to our own reality.

Could you stand in this person's shoes and listen to what he hears? Look at what he sees, feel what he feels, and then treat him differently? Or would you perhaps think long and hard before voting for him?

Those who vote for him will ultimately have to ask themselves whether it is possible to go on believing that he is a man of sufficient moral character integrity and intellect to represent our Republic for which it stands one nation under God...

Donald Trump has expressed contempt for American governing ideals and has cooperated with its enemies while chasing secret payoffs from them. That he can accuse his opponents of lacking patriotism boggles the mind http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/07/trump-most-unpatriotic-candidate…