Trudeau described a moment from a boyhood trip to Bangladesh, recollecting it in the kind of mawkish language his opponents ridicule but that is plainly heartfelt. On state business with his father in Dhaka, the younger Trudeau saw a poor old man with a bicycle wait patiently while their motorcade swept by. He was suddenly seized with empathy for the man, realizing that there were billions of people on earth, each a unique individual, each with a story. ‘‘I have never looked at my life and my circumstances in quite the same way since,’’ he wrote.
This really strikes a chord with me.
Empathy is the ability to see the world through lenses other than your own. Like a spectrum, it's all the shades and hues together that create perfect light. If you can't see that, you'll never see the world as it is.
In essence, you'll live in a cave.
It's a risky business, stepping out into the light...