If you think you aren’t sure what “pathos” means, it’s your lucky day, take a look at this picture:
Paul Farmer isn’t an animal rights activist—he’s a doctor and an anthropologist and a humanitarian, he’s one of those people who doesn’t mind that he’s uncomfortable while he’s actually doing good.
His plaintive remark about lives that “matter less” was not directed at this bear or this scene. He was talking about our concern, or lack thereof, for the human lives that are degraded and could be made better by our more conscientious attention to doing the right thing.
The picture won’t let you look away easily. You know the bear isn’t happy. The boys are oblivious to that reality.
Think about some realities that you know you shouldn’t ignore.
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