July 6, 2020 at 2:20 am
Thank you, all, for your comments. Five years ago, I wrote a post on empathy and sympathy. https://stroketales.blogspot.com/2014/04/empathy-and-sympathy-theres-difference.htmlI think empathy and sympathy are akin to acceptance and tolerance. As a former professor, I realize the importance of education and, as a stroke survivor, the two–education and acceptance/tolerance, come into play in teaching others what it means to be accepted, not tolerated. Perhaps people would learn and change to have acceptance as the preferred method when all they were doing is tolerate.