Commonly Overheard in Bushwick is an occasional series we write whenever we hear something someone actually said on the streets or in the businesses of Bushwick. This is not to be confused with the Tumblr of a similar name.
Because of the strange Bushwick-L.A. connection, one tends to overhear beaucoup de hippie dippy statements in this town. The latest in yogi jargon? “She’s just like super super empathic.” Not even empathetic. Empathic. Unsurprisingly, this sort of peacenik talk was heard at Sunrise Sunset, which is trying its best to get over a recent turmoil.
What is the difference between an empathetic person and an empathic one, you ask? An empathetic Bushwickian is simply someone who feels really sad if they see another person drop their can of beer because they can just, like, totally imagine/have already experienced what that must be like. An empathic Bushwickian, on the other hand, is someone who can literally feel the pain another is feeling. Like that episode of Charmed where Prue could literally feel the pain everyone else was feeling.
Whoever this person was talking about, The Burning Bush feels really bad for them. Empathetically bad, not empathically bad. Because it would be a living nightmare to have to deal with all the white people problems Bushwickians go through on a day to day basis: you know, like overpaying for iced coffee from Swallow or getting your card charged twice at Beacon & Mary’s Closet.
Written by Genna Rivieccio