Life in a totalitarian society: A thought experiment
Life in a totalitarian society: A thought experimentEmpathy: n. 1. Identification with and understanding of another's situation, feelings, and motives.
Mother and Son
A thought experiment.
You are a human rights defender in a totalitarian country. You are also a mother, a wife, and a sister.
You have a grown son who his entire life has been mentally challenged but has a love for working on mechanical things.
One day secret policemen come to you and demand that you become an informant spying on other members of the human rights group of which you are a member. You reject their offer saying that you will not be subjected to blackmail.
They warn you that your son will pay.
Three days later he is arrested and held in custody for nine months and then subjected to a show trial and given a 12 year prison sentence.