WRNI: This I Believe Archives: “I believe in Empathy”

To most adults, it seems to go without saying that children are self-absorbed. Whether because of developmental inevitability or deeply-rooted cultural messages, children seem to be instinctively preoccupied with their own wants and wishes. And then there are those remarkable exceptions. Thirteen-year-old Fiona Carey reminds us with her youthful wisdom how important it is to care about others.


Fiona Carey is an eighth-grader at Paul Cuffee School in Providence. Fiona lives in Providence with her parents, Russell and Rebekah, and nine-year-old sister, Grace. She is passionate about reading, piano, dance, travel . . . and empathy.