If you could see inside other people’s hearts (poignant video, watch it)

A powerful video from the Cleveland Clinic about “empathy.”


I had this on deck to watch a few days ago, but never got to it until now. Wow. Poignant stuff. Someone in the comments mentioned that someone should do one about kids in school. I’d add people in politics as well. Or maybe people from various nations. Straights and gays. Black and white. The possibilities are endless.

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  • Johnny Canuck

    Sorry, I should have proof read that. But I think you all know what I mean

  • Johnny Canuck

    Would mean more if the Clinic supported proper single -payer health care so patients wouldn’t have top worry about how they wil pay for their care, you know, like teh systems in place in most other industrialised, modern countries have.

  • Once you smack them you can acknowledge their pain and comfort them with a biggy Coke and a free meal at Chic-Fill-A.

  • Hospice folks are the true angels in America.

  • What ever you do, bring extra compassion to this place: Missouri, Research Medical Center HERE: http://americablog.com/2013/04/missouri-gay-hospital-visitation-remove-research-medical-center.html

  • ++++++++

  • Yep, and boy do I have a little list of offenders who never would be missed, who never would be missed.

  • This feels like the past twenty years: first, the onslaught of the plague years and all the horrors associated and experienced with that and now heading into old age with pain and decline. I often wait in the car when my partner goes in for the shopping and I watch through the car window so many of my generation, unaware they are being observed, hobbling, in pain with stooped shoulders, with canes and the profound sense that compassion is often a rare event.

  • pappyvet

    Well done.

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  • ckg1

    Wow. Nice video.

    To follow up on Fred’s comment, the video-in its own way-is a bit of a contemorary to Nickelback’s “Savin’ Me” video(guy saved from death sees timers above everyone else’s heads but his own; he saves someone else and then THAT person sees the timers).

  • cole3244

    i always think that if each sex could spend some time in the other genders body how amazing that would be in understanding how the opposite sex reacts and sees the world.
    great video, thanks.

  • Reminds me a bit of Wim Wenders’ ‘Wings of Desire’.

    Captures the feeling of being in hospitals pretty well — so many people travelling the hallways wearing so many different expressions, you know that many are dealing with real fear and/or sadness.

  • d3clark

    The take-home message that Republicans would get from this video:

    1. Health care is too expensive.

    2. Many of those people were minorities, women, children, immigrants and WE’RE paying for their care.

    3. This video promotes socialism.

    4. Form Death Panels.

    5. Attempt to repeal Obamacare for the 38th time.

  • PeteWa

    you can empathize with them, it just won’t be reciprocal.

  • jim furlong

    Thank you for that. It would be nice if all medical people had a chance to watch this video.
    Those in Hospice as well.

  • Well, okay, maybe we leave out some of the political people :)

  • I don’t think you can empathize with people who don’t even acknowledge your basic humainity.

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