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The Hierarchy of Things by Arnold Jansen op de Haar

There are people who think it’s odd that a coach crash in Switzerland which killed 28 Dutch and Belgian passengers, including 22 children, receives more attention than a similar accident that took place in Africa.

There are also people who think it’s strange that Prince Friso’s skiing accident received even more attention than this coach crash.

Compare this to the Olympic Games, being held in London this summer. It looks like a world event, but that’s a misconception. Each country is primarily interested in its own athletes.

What matters is that you understand that some things are more important for other people than for you. I’m talking about empathy; without empathy there wouldn’t be any art or foreign aid.

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