Empathy isn’t just remembering to say ‘That must really be hard,’ it’s figuring out how to bring difficulty into the light so it can be seen at all. Empathy isn’t just listening, it’s asking the questions whose answers need to be listened to. Empathy requires inquiry as much as imagination. Empathy requires knowing you know nothing.
— From another book out this year that I love, Leslie Jamison’s The Empathy Exams. Read these essays in April, enjoy the first one now, courtesy of The Believer.