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I would like to add another possible source of the loss of empathy. It seems to me that, all too often, there is really nothing substantive that one can do to change a situation for the better. That may be why some people simply turn off. I'm not talking about wealthy, well-connected people. I mean the average person who must get to the job on time to to keep supporting the family, for example. This kind of helplessness does indeed lead to apathy. One could pass 10 homeless people by but AT LEAST be able to support initiatives to provide them with housing whenever such polices are considered.

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