In a beautiful passage from Les Miserables, Hugo speculates that Napoleon at Waterloo might be compared to a race horse that was crippled who we all feel great sorrow and compassion for. Contrast this to the envy and loathing that we tend to feel when a rich man loses his fortune especially in the market. One notes a middle response to Tiger Woods missing his third cut in a row in a major tournament. There is empathy because he is a personage of color, but an opposite because he was not a man of faith?





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  1. Jackie Sea on August 20, 2015 2:14 pm

    For Tiger Woods, there is a feeling of just deserts because he cheated on his wife. It has zero to do with faith or lack of faith. It is exactly the same feeling expressed when the hackers released names and profiles of members of the cheating website Ashley Madison.

  2. Frank T on August 21, 2015 3:14 pm

    The empathy does not come from him being a person of color. The empathy comes from knowing that one day we all inevitably be less great than we once were.


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