Everybody you pity, everyone you love, those with whom you empathize or despise… They all need to be acknowledged.
We all need a witness.
To recognize the spark in the eyes of another is our most eminently worthy gesture of humanity. To withhold such a small instant of focus from any living person seems lazy, at best; at worst, cruel.
We focus so much on gaining acknowledgement for ourselves that we miss the easiest act of grace and power — to look into the eyes of another and simply allow ourselves to see the flash of mirrors there.
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