To empathize with the familiar,
all we need is to have empathy
before we can realize empathy.
But artists empathize with the unfamiliar,
So do anthropologists.
For them, having empathy is insufficient.
They need to be able to realize empathy,
when it doesn’t do so automatically.
This requires the mercy
of the creative process.
But, just as martial artists cannot will her victory,
we cannot will a realization.
Just as martial artists can only practice
to increase her probability of victory,
We can only practice to increase our probability
Except our end isn’t mere victory,
This is a Janusian Art,
as Martial is from the Roman God of war, Mars,
and Janusian is from the Roman God of transition, Janus.
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