Ron wrote the article:
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