Were we incapable of empathy – of putting ourselves in the position of others and seeing that their suffering is like our own – then ethical reasoning would lead nowhere. If emotion without reason is blind, then reason without emotion is impotent.

Moral philosopher Peter Singer, who is 66 today, in Writings on an Ethical Life.

Also see David Brooks on the dangerous divide between reason and emotion, and this 1943 Disney animated propaganda on reconciling the two.

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