The problem with selection

by Gabriella Sonabend

This morning I awoke feeling incredibly guilty. I had fallen into a terrible trap yesterday. One of which I was aware and have warned others against before. I had been overwhelmed by the drama of one person’s pain, by a single image of suffering which had made me overlook others and assume their pain to be lesser. I had given money to the mutilated woman but not to the others around her. I had fallen into the trap of assuming a hierarchy of suffering, when in reality all the people sitting outside the temple hoping for charity were equally deserving of my donation. These are difficult thoughts to process.