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Walking a Mile in Another Man's Shoes

As the old saying has it, "Before you judge a man, you must walk a mile in his shoes".

At a time when some claim divisions in society to be widening, Mark Tully examines the place of empathy in politics, religion, medicine, popular culture and the arts. He tries to establish the difference between empathy, pity and compassion and consults the works of thinkers and writers - ranging from Jain Mystic Shrimad Rajchandra to T.S. Eliot and comic poet Shel Silverstein.

Mark also talks to veteran politician Tony Benn about the importance of developing empathy in political life and plays music by Mozart, Mark Campbell and the Bhutanese monk, Lama Gyurme.

The readers are Harriet Walter and Tim Pigott-Smith.

Producer: Frank Stirling
A Unique production for BBC Radio 4.

Release date:

30 minutes

Last on

Sun 2 Jun 2013 23:30


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Author:  Shrimad Rajchandra, trans. Chandrika

Publisher:   Vakils,Feffer & Simons

ISBN-10: 8187111828


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