Stray Cats and Empathy

It’s really cold outside and there is this stray cat in my neighborhood that I haven’t seen in a few days.  I hope someone rescued her because she’s so pretty.
I overheard the above at work this morning.  Aside from the absurdity that someone would waste their energy over a stray animal, this highlights the fact that empathy is often conditional.  Only if a certain level of “worthiness” is met will a neurotypical project their empathy.  And, even then, often they will not do anything with it, choosing to let someone else come through with actions to alleviate the suffering of others.  Maybe this is why so few have empathy for those that possess none?
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