Willie Dixon Refused to Serve Anything but the Blues: Musical Interlude

by Jeffrey St Clair CounterPunch edited by O Society May 3, 2019 https://youtu.be/MwL_wohIEMw His momma was weeping by now and Willie knew it. That’s why he couldn’t tell her, couldn’t look Miss Daisy in the eye and let her know he was leaving for Chicago. It would hurt too much—him more than her, maybe. So … Continue reading Willie Dixon Refused to Serve Anything but the Blues: Musical Interlude

How Empathy Can Change The World

by O Society April 28, 2019 The woman crawling through the tawny grass was the artist's neighbor in Maine, who, crippled by polio, "was limited physically but by no means spiritually." Wyeth further explained, "The challenge to me was to do justice to her extraordinary conquest of a life which most people would consider hopeless." … Continue reading How Empathy Can Change The World

The Case for Empathy

In a world of difference we can – and should – work harder to cultivate subtle, perceptive empathy towards all human beings by Elizabeth Segal Aeon edited by O Society April 23, 2019 Empathy, the sharing of feelings with another person and consequently caring about them, is typically a virtue in our society. ‘I hear you’ and … Continue reading The Case for Empathy

Total eclipse

Even with loving parents and caring therapists, a child can lose the fight to depression by Deanna Csomo McCool Aeon edited by O Society April 9, 2019 I stood at Anna’s bedside, marvelling over her porcelain complexion, thick blonde hair, and eyelashes so long they’d be the envy of a Maybelline model. The bleached white sheet tucked … Continue reading Total eclipse

The impact of within-group conflict on trust and trustworthiness

The literature examining the effect of conflict on trust and trustworthiness has reached contradictory conclusions. This column studies the long-term behavioural impact of the Cultural Revolution in China, which was a major in-group conflict. It finds that the children and grandchildren of those who were mentally or physically abused during the Revolution are less trusting, … Continue reading The impact of within-group conflict on trust and trustworthiness