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O Captain My Captain

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"One of my earliest memories involving empathy occurred when I was in seventh grade. Our English teacher had required us to read the book Lord of the Flies by William Golding, about a group of British schoolboys trapped on a desert island together. I found the story to be deeply disturbing. The character of Jack, the cruel young boy who figures out the various weaknesses of his fellow castaways and takes advantage of them, was especially memorable. His was a kind of negative empathy – the ability to “get inside” others in order to find out their fears, and thereby gain control over them by threatening them with this knowledge."

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