The Goldwaters take a bit of a break from the news this fortnight to chat about issues related broadly to empathy. Is it effective, or are policies based more in compassion better at advancing us all? President Trump may have been mentioned once or twice…
- Anne-France Goldwater: The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self by Dr. Alice Miller, for a look at a darker side of empathy.
- Samantha Goldwater-Adler: Zero Degrees of Empathy: A New Understanding of Cruelty and Kindness by cognitive neuroscientist Simon Baron-Cohen; Loving-Kindness or Metta Meditation, a guided exercise to “help people be more kind, more connected and compassionate”; and a short film by Brené Brown on empathy vs. sympathy.
- Daniel Goldwater: Gentleman’s Agreement (1947), a film starring Gregory Peck about a reporter who pretends to be Jewish to better understand bigotry. It is among the earliest American movies to deal with antisemitism.