When a stranger tells me they have cancer, when listening closely, I can feel pain and grief to a degree approaching that of hearing the news from a person in my immediate family.

It’s covered, though – with very thick layers of practicality. I can tell it’s there, but it’s a quiet voice that’s easy to control. All it takes is a millisecond-long thought of who cares, you don’t even know this person – and it’s gone.

Author: Rami