PETERS – Instead of rushing to judgment, how about human empathy?

(Image: CFJC Today)

IF WE WANT TO HEAL OUR PUBLIC DISCOURSE, we all need to try demonstrating some more human empathy. Walk a mile in someone else’s shoes.

A couple of stories from the past week demonstrate that perfectly.

First, the story of a young boy who suffered severe wounds from a dog attack.

The boy is facing surgery and a scarring that may affect his life for a long, long time.

Even if he didn’t live with autism, the entire experience would have been frightening and confusing.

Instead of expressing sympathy to the family, the majority of the response has consisted of people trying to act as judge and jury — deciding the fate of the dog and casting aspersions on every person involved in the situation.


James Peters is the radio anchor at CFJC, coming to Kamloops in 2006. He anchors the afternoon news on B-100 and 98.3 CIFM, and contributes weekly editorials to the CFJC Evening News. He tweets regularly @Jamloops.

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