On Radical Empathy

Thoughts on encountering others, finding ourselves (in others), and coming back together.

by Maria Alejandra Linares Trelles

May 2nd, 2021

I’m writing these lines overwhelmed by a year filled with sickness, polarizing elections, inequality, and intolerance. As I try to process and understand what is happening around me, I force myself to practice empathy. Looking outside of myself has become a survival mechanism; so as to not collapse into my own emotions.

 

Outside of myself…

to others…

others than me…