The ability to understand and share the feelings of another

I keep trying to visualize how we came to this place and time but it defies my understanding. There is no direct route by which we get from A to Z without going through &*#@!$ and garbage dumps and radioactive waste and, I don't know, 10-foot flaming piles of fire ants.

"Progress is not a straight line," says Barack Obama and many other people, but neither is evil. Neither is the massive and irreparable damage being done under the umbrella they hang over our unwilling heads and dare to call our safety.

Except some people are willing, aren't they? Some people signed up for this, and got what they wanted, and believe it even now. And that's the part I can't see around. How can this be worth votes to you? How can this be worth politics? How can this be worth your humanity?