Snack #14: Bombs & Teachers

Bombs over Israel. This phrase is already triggering - to both Israelis that experienced it, and those who will say "but what about Palestine"? Funny, but those initial feelings are both related and completely unrelated to what my point is - emotion and empathy.

Regardless of each person's point of view and whose side is the "just" one (if there's such a thing at all), one can understand the feelings of caring for loved ones. Maybe even the feeling of caring about your home, whether it be the same country you're in or another.

I've heard this a lot last year, yet I never truly understood the phrase "hurting for the people". I mean, of course I did. In-group empathy is very strong. Even when not being hurt themselves, humans can (and will) feel pain with others. But there's that deep understanding one can only get through experience, which I did not possess when witnessing, for example, BLM protests, since I never lived as a black person in the USA.