Four experiences that inspire inordinate, nearly paralyzing empathy deep in my chest cavity:

1) A middle-aged man on a bicycle without breaks, who has to drag his shoes to stop at the bottom of a hill.

2) The lyrics of an ancient love song when performed in a soulless monotone by a child with a cup and a thousand-yard stare.

3) The unabashedly honest eyes of a smile from the teeth of socialized dental care.

4) Crutches and wheelchairs rigged from household objects for life-time use.