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I don’t think you read enough books
the words of other people, other lives
in situations different from your own
builds and strengthens empathy
that in you
has atrophied
under a deluge of internet memes
and reality TV
this empathic dissipation
has made you complicit
in crimes that if
you were to witness
(murder, rape, mass starvation, child
abuse, epidemics, torture)
would cause you
yes, even you
in your callous indifference
to despair, weep
and mourn the loss
of whatever good
once in you existed
in this I am torn
I do not want you
to have to face such horrors first hand
but what if that’s the one thing
that can shake you
from your complicity
and save your soul?

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