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a thought on politics.

Only in politics can "empathy" be turned into a bad word. Only in politics will the notion of using your personal experiences to help you make decisions by shown to be wrong thinking.

Oh well.

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shieldhaven
Jul. 14th, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)
I have to say, our friend Bill Shakespeare phrased this very well, and it's something the lawmakers could stand to recall.

The quality of mercy is not strain'd,
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath: it is twice bless'd,
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes:
'Tis mightiest in the mightiest; it becomes
The throned monarch better than his crown:
His sceptre shows the force of temporal power,
The attribute to awe and majesty,
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;
But mercy is above this sceptred sway,
It is enthroned in the hearts of kings;
It is an attribute to God himself;
And earthly power doth then show likest God's,
When mercy seasons justice. Therefore, Jew,
Though justice be thy plea, consider this,
That in the course of justice none of us
Should see salvation: we do pray for mercy;
And that same prayer doth teach us all to render
The deeds of mercy.

Portia. The Merchant of Venice. Act IV, Scene 1:
Venice. A Court of Justice.
twelveoaks
Jul. 14th, 2009 06:38 pm (UTC)
Brandes is my hero.

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