Thursday, June 04, 2009

Conversations with Calliope- Empathy and the Courts

In the Woods with Carol(In the Woods with Carol)

The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy
-Meryl Streep

JOE: Good morning Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe. What an interesting title.
JOE: I thought it might catch your attention.
CALLIOPE: I assume there is a story behind it.
JOE: I read a complaint about Judge Sotomayor having too much empathy to be a supreme court judge and thought the topic deserved some discussion.
CALLIOPE: It does sound interesting. How did you approach it?
JOE: I cited my own experience as a psychologist and hearing Buffalo Judge Robert Russell talk about specialized courts.
JOE: I realized that without empathy we deal with issues only rather than with people.
CALLIOPE: I'll have to visit your website Saturday to read the column. What about the quote above?
JOE: Twitter has been in the news. I have been debating about whether it is something worthwhile or just a wast of time.
JOE: I decided to use my account to post quotes related to our discussions and will try it for a while.
CALLIOPE: With a link back here?
JOE: That's the plan. Talk with you tomorrow.

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