The heart of the Charter for Compassion is the Golden Rule: treat others as you wish to be treated yourself. And empathy, the experience of understanding another person’s condition from his or her perspective, is useful in practicing the Golden Rule. This advice column made me laugh — then made me think. If the mother can walk a mile in her son’s shoes — will she develop empathy and know how to treat him as she would wish to be treated herself?
But I don’t want to take away the surprise — read it yourself and decide . . .