“Half of the class brought up our anxiety to him, separately, myself included. Wallace himself hadn’t noticed the “ambient anxiety”; he praised our “esprit de corps.” He wondered whether there was something terrible on his face and invisible to him (this was a real, deep fear of his, he assured us: his acute social-anxiety disorder had been clinically diagnosed). “Dave,” I asked in his office, “how do you deal with anxiety?” He laughed, a little bemused. He told me not to keep all my problems in my head as he had in his youth. Yoga, he suggested. Meditation. He said he really wasn’t the person to ask.”
"…women who were told by their managers to ‘blow the cobwebs off their makeup and doll up’ if they ever wanted to advance in the company; or reminded that ‘God made Adam first, so women will always be second to men’; or asked if they wouldn’t rather be at home, raising their kids than seeking out promotions—all while their male colleagues’ fatter paychecks were justified by the assertion that men were ‘breadwinners.’ Male favoritism at Wal-Mart could be subtle and insidious, but it was just as often overt and absurd…"
— Dayna Tortorici’s “Sex Class Action” in the latest n+1.
“Opinion is really the lowest form of human knowledge. It requires no accountability, no understanding. The highest form of knowledge…is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our egos and live in another’s world. It requires profound, purpose-larger-than-the-self kind of understanding.”—