Spent the day in the Emergency Room as an advocate for a family member.
Lots of pain in there, physical and emotional. One can only sympathize with those in pain. Empathy, to feel what another person feels, is impossible. Physical pain is a private, unsharable phenomenon. One can only understand it when one has it. There is no pain memory. After the pain is gone one cannot remember how it felt. But one has a better appreciation for others in pain.