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A Lesson in Empathy

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As I walked out of the bar, I couldn't help but think about the guy who'd told me to \fuck you\ just minutes earlier. We'd been arguing about politics, and I'd said something that had clearly hit a nerve. I remembered feeling a surge of anger, wanting to shout back, but I'd just shaken my head and left. As I walked away, I could still hear his voice in my head. The disdain, the superiority, the absolute certainty that he was right. But as I turned the corner, I saw a homeless man holding a sign that read, \I'm not a bad person, I'm just having a bad day.\ It hit me like a ton of bricks. The guy who'd told me to \fuck you\ was having a good day. He was sitting in a comfortable chair, sipping a beer, and spouting off at the mouth. The homeless man, on the other hand, was struggling to get by. And in that moment, I realized that sometimes \fuck you\ is just a mask for fear and insecurity.