Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Beware of Passion Fatigue

Sacrifice is a good thing, but too much of it can hurt you. I've talked before about how all relationships are part give and part take. I've also cautioned about having too many friends that take more than they give. Humans have their limits and when we try to push past them, it can cause huge mental and emotional distress. One example are judges who hear asylum cases for potential immigrants. Everyday they hear first hand the most horrifying stories from around the world. This has resulted in some of them developing secondary post-traumatic stress syndrome. Not only does this decrease the quality of their life, it also inhibits their ability to hear refugee cases without bias. If it is true in the extreme, it is probably marginally true for the rest of us. I've trying (and often failing) at taking more responsibility for those around me, but it is good to remember I have limits.


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  2. Wonder what Sotomayor would think of this.


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