There are such crazy, crazy things happening in the world right now, and all at once.

We cannot have a world where everyone is a victim. “I’m this way because my father made me this way. I’m this way because my husband made me this way.” Yes, we are indeed formed by traumas that happen to us. But you must take charge, you must take over, you are responsible. -Camille Paglia (via chrissystockton)

I think sometimes we need to stop looking at people in bad situations and saying, “imagine this was you/your friend/your child/your family”. We shouldn’t always have to be able to place ourselves in somebody’s situation to be able to empathise with them. I understand the importance of trying to understand what somebody must be experiencing, but sometimes our point(s) of reference or common experiences is too small or non-existent. Sometimes we should be able to empathise with others solely because they’re human beings, too. We shouldn’t rely on our capacity to understand to be able to empathise because that capacity can often be compromised. Sometimes we should just feel for people because they’re people. And be gentle with and care for people because they’re people. I think that’s a better indication of humanity than anything else.