our kind of guy

November 3, 2009 at 5:00 am 3 comments

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You know, there’s a lot of talk in this country about the federal deficit. But I think we should talk more about our empathy deficit – the ability to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes; to see the world through the eyes of those who are different from us – the child who’s hungry, the steelworker who’s been laid-off, the family who lost the entire life they built together when the storm came to town. When you think like this – when you choose to broaden your ambit of concern and empathize with the plight of others, whether they are close friends or distant strangers – it becomes harder not to act; harder not to help.

These are words from our lovely president. We sent his daughters a Feeleez game. I hope they like it.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Christie  |  November 3, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    I am going to have to figure out how to include ambit in my regular vocabulary. It’s a good word.

    So cool about sending the white house Feeleez.

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  • 2. Romy  |  November 3, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    What a great quote…so true. And I hope his girls get the game – it’s really going global!

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  • 3. Joanna Smetanka  |  November 3, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    so totally, utterly, and completely awesome. Thanks! I feel a whole-lotta hope these days. so refreshing.

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