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While I very much agree with your message of empathy, I can’t help but feel that this whole exchange wasn’t the best demonstration of empathy. I say this with the full understanding that it is extremely difficult to empathize with someone who defines their own identity by their unwillingness to empathize, but at the end of the day empathy is a practice that is not supposed to be easy. Anand, do you feel like there may have been some way for this exchange to have gone better? Was there an avenue to a middle ground that neither you nor James was able to see?

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