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    started speaking about an “empathy deficit”

    Hi, what is "empathy deficit"? I guess it's a term?

    Should I understand "crippling" like in this example? a crippling disease

    "For weeks afterward, he was downcast and angry at the scale of the
    failure of George W. Bush and his administration. He started speaking about an “empathy deficit” crippling the country, about the severity of the problems that America
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    Re: started speaking about an “empathy deficit”

    Quote Originally Posted by flowersa View Post
    Hi, what is "empathy deficit"? I guess it's a term?

    Should I understand "crippling" like in this example? a crippling disease Yes.

    "For weeks afterward, he was downcast and angry at the scale of the
    failure of George W. Bush and his administration. He started speaking about an “empathy deficit” crippling the country, about the severity of the problems that America
    faced"
    [not a teacher]

    The term is in quotes, which denotes that is it not a typcial phrase. Its meaning is literal, so just look up the words: empathy deficit.

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    Re: started speaking about an “empathy deficit”

    Quote Originally Posted by BobSmith View Post
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    The term is in quotes, which denotes that is it not a typcial phrase. Its meaning is literal, so just look up the words: empathy deficit.
    Hi Bob ... thanks, for the second one you're right I don't understand the literal meaning of deficit that comes with "empathy" first time that I see, I'll keep looking for it.

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    Re: started speaking about an “empathy deficit”

    Simply, as a nation, we don't show enough empathy toward one another.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: started speaking about an “empathy deficit”

    Quote Originally Posted by flowersa View Post
    He started speaking about an “empathy deficit” crippling the country, about the severity of the problems that America

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    (1) It is only my opinion that it means something like this:

    (a) "deficit" means that you do not have enough of something. For example, in the

    United States and Europe (I do not know about the situation in your country),

    governments are running deficits (not enough money to pay for everything).

    (b) "empathy" means to sympathize with others. As our President Clinton was

    famous for saying: I feel your pain.

    (c) So I guess the writer was saying that many people in the United States do not

    have the ability to "feel" the pain of those who do not have a job (or a very

    low-paying job). Here in the States, everyone is talking about the 1% (the rich) and the

    99% (the rest of us).

    (2) For example, some (many?) people seem to have a "kindness deficit." They

    are lacking in the quality of kindness. In other words, they are rude or nasty, but they

    often do not think they are! Then they wonder why many people do not like them!

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    Re: started speaking about an “empathy deficit”

    Thanks I understood it in the end :)

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