The Gentle Giant: Oliver Sacks and the Art of Choosing Empathy Over Vengeance – Brain Pickings

The Gentle Giant: Oliver Sacks and the Art of Choosing Empathy Over Vengeance

An existential lesson gleaned from a brush with death and foolishness.

“Compassion,” Karen Armstrong wrote in her stirring meditation on the true meaning of the Golden Rule“asks us to look into our own hearts, discover what gives us pain, and then refuse, under any circumstance whatsoever, to inflict that pain on anybody else.” But when our own hearts are gripped with the threat and terror of imminent pain, how can we step outside this fear-fraught circumstance and consider, with kindness and openhearted goodwill, the reality of another

https://www.brainpickings.org/2015/10/13/oliver-sacks-on-the-move-empathy/

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