Was it murder--or something serious?
Philip Marlow in Murder, My Sweet

Friday, April 24, 2015

With Conviction

One thing that becomes clear studying true crime.

People be crayZ.

No, but that's the truth. There is no limit to human weirdness. I've been watching a lot of documentaries--fascinating documentaries--but you couldn't use half this stuff in fiction. It would be too unbelievable.

The constant lesson is how very bad humans can be at communicating.

And that inability--unwillingness, disinterest--in honest communication often seems to stem from a lack of empathy.

Possibly a lack of imagination.

But definitely a lack of empathy.

The older I get, the more I believe probably one of the single most important things we can teach kids is empathy.

And it does have to be taught. It doesn't come naturally with a lot of people because it is often against self-interest.


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