George Orwell & Empathy — word and silence

A challenging read on a Sunday morning from Tim  Miller at wordandsilence.com. In the midst of an amazing trip where we have had the privilege of doing and seeing so much, these words from the past ask a question of me that still needs answering today. As I write this on my iPad I am reminded of the plight of those who work in dreadful conditions churning out these technological wonders. Progress still comes with a terrible price just as it did in the time of coal. I need to remember whose labour is providing me with my  lifestyle. What changes do I need to make so that my sympathy becomes empathy?

As usual, George Orwell says it better than anybody. Here he is in his 1937 book The Road to Wigan Pier, asking his readers not to give up using coal, but just to recognize whose labor is providing them with coal. Nowadays I would only add to the coal miner all the people behind all […]

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