Who is other?

WHERE'S THE SPIRIT?

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OTHERNESS

Imagining the Lives of Others
by Paul Bloom
The New York Times

 
Paul Bloom writes on how we pursue an understanding of the perspectives and experiences of others in this article, “Imagining the Lives of Others.” He presents various ways that people have attempted to imagine different perspectives—pretending to see the world through the eyes of another—and to immerse in different experiences—attempting to walk a mile in another’s shoes. But his core point is that we need to engage and listen more to others around us. He writes, “Instead of assuming that we can know what it is like to be them, we should focus more on listening to what they have to say.” How are you listening to others these days?


GRIEF

Reflections by Sheryl Sandberg
Facebook


Thirty days following the sudden and tragic loss of her husband, Sheryl Sandberg shares a profoundly personal reflection on grief and mourning. She opens up the space for each of us to consider what it means to experience loss and support others through it. In sharing what she has learned over this period of pain, she writes, “I have lived thirty years in these thirty days. I am thirty years sadder. I feel like I am thirty years wiser.” In reading this, we are reminded about the social importance of sharing stories of grief and mourning as Joya Taft-Dick has done in her article in Anchor, “Sitting with Grief.” May all of us who grieve take a cue from Sheryl and Joya and open ourselves up to talking about our ups and downs in the process.


GRATITUDE

The One-Word Key To Peace And Self-Acceptance
by Mallika Chopra
Huffington Post


Mallika Chopra, author of Living With Intent: My Somewhat Messy Journey to Purpose, Peace, and Joy, writes a brief reflection on bringing greater intention to cultivating gratitude in relationships in order to find peace. She writes, “To fulfill my intent to be there for friends and family, and the many strangers I come in contact with, I need to be grateful not only for the gifts they provide me, but also conscious about both the gifts I provide them and the ways in which I wound them, anger them and disappointment them.”


THE DESSERT

Cover image: Reuters (top); Fernando Veludo/European Pressphoto Agency (bottom) via the New York Times.