Where Should Kindness Stop?

I am blessed with some  smart students, one of whom pointed out the very paradox I’ve been struggling to pin down. If, on the one hand, kindess is “the ability to bear the vulnerabilityof others” (Adam Phillips and Barbara Taylor, from On Kindness, p. 8), but yet Aristotle says that there are inappropriate forms of anger […]

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September 17th, 2012 by Wanda

Empathy is the Secret

“Empathy is the secret to most things in life–including magic.” Deborah Harkness has the father of her protagonist, the modern witch Diana Bishop, say this in her newly published Shadow of the Night. I stumbled on her first work of fiction, A Discovery of Witches, while researching the history of witches and witch hunts. At any rate, […]

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August 1st, 2012 by Wanda