Empathy, Diversity, and Reading

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“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.”

–James Baldwin

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Far too many messages in our society are of hatred, exclusion, and bigotry, in a myriad of forms. In a time when we, as a society, should be embracing diversity, there are those who shout and scream at us to exclude others, to divide ourselves, and not to embrace those who seem to be different.  We are told to expel people who are different, to exclude them from our society, and  not to allow people to be different.  These speakers of hatred and bigotry are completely wrong and are delivering messages that must be…

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13 thoughts on “Empathy, Diversity, and Reading

  1. Awesome post, Charles, and so true. I am a huge fan of James Baldwin’s writings. He always reaches my heart. Bigotry and hatred reach all corners of society and groups of people. Reading can lift us out of our lowest points and give us hope. We learn we are never alone.

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  2. I wanted to read the rest of this post so much that I copied it into a word document where I could see it better. It’s so true that reading enlarges us in so many ways. I’m thinking if we are peaceful inside, we have no reason to wage war outside. i love the difference in all people. Attitude included. We just can’t all be milk toast. Some of us must be spicy, vinegary, bitter, sweet, etc. One flavor? OH NO! Diversity is wonderful. I don’t even want a one color quilt! 🙂

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