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Feeling Compassion is Not Enough

All languages I know (Spanish, French, Italian, German, English, even Sanskrit) and some I don’t (Greek and Latin) have three positive pro-social words: empathy, sympathy, and compassion. But lovely as these words are, as well as the feelings they point … Continue reading

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Indifference in Humans and Animals

What does it mean to be indifferent? The word itself is not all that clear. Is indifference a purely neutral term, referring to an absence of feeling? Or is it a negative term, meaning unfeeling? Is it synonymous with apathy? … Continue reading

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Dining on Duck While Vegan

Bad title. I didn’t order duck, she did. Still, it presented a dilemma all vegans face from time to time. I was eating at a well-known restaurant in Northern California. I asked for a vegan meal. She ordered duck. Just … Continue reading

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