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Culture of Empathy Builder:  Ron MacLean

http://j.mp/Xbgxxd 

 Ron MacLean and Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Fiction

Ron MacLean is author of the novels Headlong and Blue Winnetka Skies and the story collection Why the Long Face? His fiction has appeared in GQ, Fiction International, Best Online Fiction 2010, and elsewhere.

 

He is a recipient of the Frederick Exley Award for Short Fiction and a multiple Pushcart Prize nominee. He teaches at Grub Street in Boston.

 Ron wrote the article: Is Fiction Empathyís Best Hope? We discussed his article and the relationship of empathy and fiction writing. He writes, "What I do care about is the loss of our ability to identify with others. Empathy is a muscle that must be exercised lest it atrophy. Itís a seed that must be cultivated in order to growóto live. And in a sped-up society in which connection is increasingly fleeting and often virtual, we canít take empathy for granted anymore.....

 

 Itís paradoxical, even absurdóthis idea that made-up stories can develop in us an essential human quality. The idea that reading about people who donít exist could expand our capacity to care about, and act on behalf of, people who do. But itís true."
Sub Conference: Arts

 

 

Ron MacLean and Edwin Rutsch - How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Fiction

 
 

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 FEB 1, 2013 - Is Fiction Empathyís Best Hope?
"What I do care about is the loss of our ability to identify with others. Empathy is a muscle that must be exercised lest it atrophy. Itís a seed that must be cultivated in order to growóto live. And in a sped-up society in which connection is increasingly fleeting and often virtual, we canít take empathy for granted anymore."