qotd: empathy

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Empathy isn’t just something that happens to us—a meteor shower of synapses firing across the brain—it’s also a choice we make: to pay attention, to extend ourselves.

—Leslie Jamison, “The Empathy Exams”

qotd: reading


Some people think of reading only as a kind of escape: an escape from the “real” everyday world to an imaginary world, the world of books. Books are much more. They are a way of being fully human.

—Susan Sontag, Where The Stress Falls