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History & Empathy

I was watching a documentary and couldn't help thinking our knowledge of history is limited. As much by looking at the past through the lens of our social environment and personal experiences, as from gaps in our knowledge of historical facts.


From our perspective, the behaviours of others can seem exaggerated. And in our attempt to understand their motives we are vulnerable as much to our biases as what we don't know. Finally we are quick to judge genius solely on the outcome.


All of this is simply in defence of empathy. Of the acceptance that try as we might we are always prevented from truly understanding others because we can only understand within the limited prisms of our personality.

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