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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
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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(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!
Thanks I understood it in the end :)