This is the winning entry for the Dialogue at Large category of The Fetzer Institute -- Sustained Dialogue Empathy Essay Contest.
That struck me so, so hard... how could the faith I cherished so strongly also be the faith that spurred people in rejecting their fellow human beings in ways that were practically antithetical to compassion? As had been true my whole life, I considered this my most important virtue. But how to reconcile it with my need for continuity in my belief system? But I decided to go out on a limb and trust that empathy really was worth being wrong for, worth living with ambiguity for, worth seeming less 'strong-willed' for in order to maintain the open mind and heart it requires.
by Sarah Doerrer