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These Stories About Broken Things Prove That Human Empathy Has No Limits
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These Stories About Broken Things Prove That Human Empathy Has No Limits

One could easily argue that empathy is our, as human kind’s, defining characteristic. Although studies show that certain other species posses this feature, empathy in humans is, perhaps, the easiest to recognize. And it’s no wonder that we understand and relate to each other, with vast majority understanding not only a fellow human’s, but also a puppy’s or baby elephant’s misery. However, we rarely think of how we actually relate to and perceive suffering in inanimate objects. It’s, perhaps, most apparent in the way children treat their dolls and plush toys, but it also extends to other items. People of Tumblr shared some stories of how they treat broken things and it’s absolutely fascinating as well as… relatable? Scroll down to read what they had to say and tell us what you think! (Facebook cover image: Daniel Morrison)

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Kiss Army
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3 years ago

I normally adhere to "adopt, don't shop" but once my husband and I were in a pet store around Easter getting supplies for our pets and they had bunnies for sale and one of them was missing half his ear. I thought for sure no one would get him because they wanted perfect "Easter" bunnies, so we bought him. His name was Booboo and he was awesome!!

Naomi Armitage
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3 years ago

And you're awesome for taking him home. <3

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Naomi Armitage
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3 years ago

Something must have happened to me as a kid, because to this day (I'm almost 50), the sight of a balloon flying away breaks my heart. Maybe it's the idea of something you liked (loved?) that's going away and you can never get it back. I can't deal.

diane a
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3 years ago

I have a balloon phopia - cant bear touching them in case they pop . All originated from a childrens party game where we had to race to a chair and sit on the balloon to pop it. Really hurts on bare legs

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Melissa Nunya
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3 years ago

I used to house sit for a lady who bought all the dying scraggly plants that were marked way down at the nursery :) she saved most of them

K. LNU
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3 years ago

I love the "sale" plants at the garden stores. Almost all my flowers and small bushes were those poor things left on the shelves. (Strangely, they seem to last longer, grow bigger than those that were not on sale.)

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Kiss Army
Community Member
3 years ago

I normally adhere to "adopt, don't shop" but once my husband and I were in a pet store around Easter getting supplies for our pets and they had bunnies for sale and one of them was missing half his ear. I thought for sure no one would get him because they wanted perfect "Easter" bunnies, so we bought him. His name was Booboo and he was awesome!!

Naomi Armitage
Community Member
3 years ago

And you're awesome for taking him home. <3

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Naomi Armitage
Community Member
3 years ago

Something must have happened to me as a kid, because to this day (I'm almost 50), the sight of a balloon flying away breaks my heart. Maybe it's the idea of something you liked (loved?) that's going away and you can never get it back. I can't deal.

diane a
Community Member
3 years ago

I have a balloon phopia - cant bear touching them in case they pop . All originated from a childrens party game where we had to race to a chair and sit on the balloon to pop it. Really hurts on bare legs

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Melissa Nunya
Community Member
3 years ago

I used to house sit for a lady who bought all the dying scraggly plants that were marked way down at the nursery :) she saved most of them

K. LNU
Community Member
3 years ago

I love the "sale" plants at the garden stores. Almost all my flowers and small bushes were those poor things left on the shelves. (Strangely, they seem to last longer, grow bigger than those that were not on sale.)

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