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People die everyday, but not someone you know. When someone you know dies, your world stops. The world goes on. It highlights the triviality of death. But it is a challenge to avoid trivializing death when it happens so much. perhaps death should be trivialized. The discrepancy in emotion between the feelings over the death of one person you know and millions you do not is a challenge to empathy. I’m not sure how it can be overcome. To make the soldier feel empathy to the family of the killed. Or the revolutionary. Or the Salafi killing an ambasador. The calculations of pain or  consequence are so discrepant that it seems impossible to overcome. But it is important to find a way to maintain a recognition of death as trivial while incorporating empathy. Perhaps abolishing the death as trivial view, but how can that be done without paralyzing action in every day life?

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