I write frequently about the importance of perspective taking in clinician/patient interaction. Seeing the world through other people’s eyes is also a crucial moral and political skill. No surprise then that Abe Lincoln showed great perspective taking abilities. Consider these words, from an 1854 speech on slavery:
I think I have no prejudice against the Southern people. They are just what we would be in their situation.
Would love it if feuding politicians could embrace this wisdom more often today.