Bids goodnight to tie-dye skies
In neon Times Square
In this sense, empathy isn’t just measured by checklist item 31—voiced empathy for my situation/problem—but by every item that gauges how thoroughly my experience has been imagined. 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. Empathy means acknowledging a horizon of context that extends perpetually beyond what you can see.
I’ve seen the path your eyes wander down
I want to come too
Today in microfashion…
I don’t know how we can become even halfway whole again.
—A friend on the untimely death of a fellow student and teammate.
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
Linguistics, Arizona State University