I end my talks with Stella because at every talk people sit silently seeing photo after photo of people who have been through the worst that people can survive, yet when I show Stella everyone makes audible sounds and gasps. I get emails from audience members asking about condition months after the talk.
I’ve always wondered if people would be able to function if they had the same level of sympathies for other people as they do a kitten.
I first started thinking about this in India where beggars are plentiful and stray dogs can be in horrid shape. Even me, the East Coast Liberal, found myself able to ignore the people all around me while worrying about the dogs and cats that looked as if they hadn’t eaten in days.
I had to conclude that too much sympathy would immobilize us. It would make unable to function if we really did worry about this other people starving in India, or in our home town, or in the local food shelter, or free clinic.
This study, just released seems to prove my point. It might point to why so many patients say their Doctors really don’t listen to them when they tell of their aches and pains. Maybe they should show up for their appointments dressed as a puppy.