Empathy... Is it natured or neutered ?
Do we immediatedly become infuriated when a total stranger whom we have never layed eyes upon nor uttered a mumbling word to... looses a child to a hate crime?
Do we immediately begin forming a river with tiny streams of tears or birthing a movement of change when an innocent being becomes incarated because he is considered a threat to the entire world?
What happens when we read books like Chains and we're introduced to the prospective of a 13 year old slave named Isabel? Does it spark emotions of intolerance or sorrow?
What about when we read books like the Saints and Misfits. Does it make one think twice about how we treat people who are of a different culture and have contrary beliefs?
How about when we read books like Stone Girl that entail a protagonist named Sophie who becomes a ward of the state and endures the unimaginable... Does it evoke a spirit of advocacy... that makes one want to help orphans,
the homeless, foster kids, and even battered women?
Again I ask.. Is Empathy Natured or Neutered? Is it learned or innate?
Either way... books help readers to develop empathy for others, and we should all be reading good books!