Excellent article, well written, well reasoned, and relevant on several levels right now.
Taking responsibility for another's feelings is part of my definition of codependency. Countless children are conditioned in this unhealthy pattern when they grow up in homes dominated by a caregiver's mental illness or substance abuse.
On the other side of the equation, refusing to consider how your words or actions might affect another--or even worse, deliberately trolling or insulting everyone who disagrees with you--is a trend these days, a trend that makes our world feel dangerous and lonely.
You speak for kindness, courtesy, and personal integrity. Not all will welcome such a message in this emotionally immature and in-your-face society, but it's what we need to hear.