by Arlie Russell Hochschild
a brilliant new book that plumbs our deep political divide and asks the question: how does the world look from the heart of the right?
From the book.
“We, on both sides, wrongly imagine that empathy with the “other” side brings an end to clearheaded analysis when, in truth, it’s on the other side of that bridge that the most important analysis can begin.
She talks about empathy walls. Blocks to empathy.
“It was empathy walls that interested me. An empathy wall is an obstacle to deep understanding of another person, one that can make us feel indifferent or even hostile to those who hold different beliefs or whose childhood is rooted in different circumstances.”