The first time we meet Moses as an adult, we read that he “went out to his brethren and witnessed their suffering.” How did Moses know the slaves were his kin? After all, he grew up in Pharaoh’s palace, presumably as Pharaoh’s grandson. Perhaps Moses, upon seeing others suffer, imagined what it would feel like if he or someone he loved were similarly afflicted, and psychologically made the Israelites as brothers and sisters. Through cultivating that empathy, he was moved to act for justice. When you see others in pain, ask yourself, “What if it were me?” and you will never again stand idly by.
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