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  • Writer's pictureSydney Lines

Museums, Empathy, and Social Cohesion

We live in a strange paradox, where all at once we are more connected than ever by the digital revolution and yet increasingly divided by beliefs, values, and a collective lack of empathy for people in our communities — however large or small we scale them — who don’t look, think, or act like us. This social erosion is only exacerbated by the unprecedented and often surreal political reality in which we all are living. In a 2006 speech at Northwestern University, then President Barack Obama talked about our “empathy deficit,” and although this speech was delivered over a decade ago, it feels apropos to this current moment.

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