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There are people in our lives that don’t treat us like human beings because, in their solipsism, they actually forget that we are. If you’re ever kidnapped, they say to try to get your captor to see you as human, with a life, with feelings. Sometimes it doesn’t work – they persist by saying “don’t try to make me feel guilty” or they simply are too far gone to understand what human life really is. Trying to cultivate empathy is still the only solution I’ve come to when faced with someone who doesn’t accord us any dignity.

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