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Empathy, narcissism and reinterpreting an old nursery rhyme.

Putting oneself in another person's shoes is, of course, an expression. It exemplifies the idea that if one were able to live the life of our neighbor for a brief period — to, as it were, walk around in their shoes for a while — one might be able to see how challenging their life is, and one might come to have greater respect and sympathy for their condition and the challenges it presents to them. Without that ability to "put oneself in another's shoes," one is likely to dismiss any discussion of another's challenges with a mere shrug. The inclination to see oneself as suffering another's difficulties (especially when one is able to put aside dwelling upon one's own difficulties) is called empathy.

Superman's Quest

From the "Do you remember when..." department:

In the 50s TV series, we knew Superman as an "alien from another planet" whose legal status was never at issue. Instead, he was the "man of steel" who "disguised as Clark Kent, mild mannered reporter for a great metropolitan newspaper, fights a never ending battle for truth, justice and the American way."

Let's put aside, for a moment, the now obscure point that he embodied deeply Christian values, like meekness and hungering and thirsting for justice, and not blowing his own horn.

Solving the debt crisis...

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It's not that difficult if you have the stomach for it. See "Budget Puzzle: You Fix the Budget."

Pope Suggests Patience in Struggle With Evil

Benedict XVI is recommending patience in the struggle with evil, since, as St. Augustine says, "many at first are weeds and then become good seed."

The Pope said this today before praying the midday Angelus with pilgrims who had gathered at the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo.

He commented on the readings for today's Mass, particularly the parable of the sower in the Gospel.

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