Empathy is a powerful trait we acquire.  We learn how to empathize and feel pain for someone else.  This is achieved by placing ourselves in their shoes to understand their issue or concern.

I believe empathy is an art that caring, beautiful people feel.  Vincent Van Gogh once said, “There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.”

For example, take the tragic events which just occurred at the Boston Marathon yesterday.  Two bombs exploded right near the finish line.  Three people were killed and over a 100 are injured.  As a nation, America has come together to donate blood, provide shelter, and lend a helping hand.  Many participants in the marathon stuck around to help in any way they could, even after running for three to four hours.  All over Boston, people are opening up their homes to those who are suffering injuries.

Danny Amendola, wide receiver for the New England Patriots, is donating $100 for every pass he catches next season to the Boston Marathon Relief Fund and $200 for any dropped pass.

President Barack Obama stated, “We will find who did this, and we will find out why they did this. Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice.”

Each of us is defined by our actions.  Give, love, and care for one another.

Rachel Speiser


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