Sunday, March 27, 2011


 Unlike any other creature on this planet, human beings can learn and understand without having experienced. They can think themselves into other people’s places. Of course this is a power like my brand of fictional magic that is morally neutral, one might use such an ability to manipulate or control, just as much as to understand or sympathise, and many choose not to exercise that imaginations at all. They choose to comfortably remain within the bounds of their own experience, never troubling to wonder how it would feel to be born other than they are. They can refuse to hear screams or peer inside cages; they can close their minds and hearts to any suffering that does not touch them personally; they can refuse to know. I may be tempted to envy people who live that way, except that I do not think that they do not have fewer nightmares than I do. Choosing to live in narrow spaces leads to a form of mental acrophobia, and that brings its own terrors. I think the wilfully unimaginative see more monsters. They are often more afraid. What is more, those who choose not to empathise enable real monsters for without ever committing an act of outright evil ourselves, we collude with it through our own apathy.
-J.K. Rowling

I've got a purpose in life and that is to inspire others to live. Truly live, that is, to do the things that make them feel alive and do them well.

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