[00:04.62]or imprisoned for their beliefs to act on behalf of those who have.
[00:08.75]The power of human empathy, leading to collective action, saves lives, and frees prisoners.
[00:16.03]Ordinary people, whose personal well-being and security are assured,
[00:21.49]join together in huge numbers to save people they do not know, and will never meet.
[00:27.34]My small participation in that process was one of the most humbling and inspiring experiences of my life.
[00:35.35]Unlike any other creature on this planet, humans can learn and understand, without having experienced.
[00:44.07]They can think themselves into other people’s places.
[00:48.50]Of course, this is a power, like my brand of fictional magic, that is morally neutral.
[00:54.39]One might use such an ability to manipulate, or control, just as much as to understand or sympathise.
[01:02.04]And many prefer not to exercise their imaginations at all.
[01:07.33]They choose to remain comfortably within the bounds of their own experience,
[01:12.24]never troubling to wonder how it would feel to have been born other than they are.
[01:17.10]They can refuse to hear screams or to peer inside cages;
[01:20.21]they can close their minds and hearts to any suffering that does not touch them personally; they can refuse to know.