What is compassion?
“Sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others:
the victims should be treated with compassion”
Literally, compassion means “to suffer together.”
Unlike empathy (which it is sometimes confused with), compassion doesn’t stop at taking another person’s perspective into account or just feeling that person’s emotions. You feel compassionate, when you also have the motivation and desire to help the suffering person.
You respond emotionally by wanting to understand the situation of a suffering person and you feel compelled to help them.
Are we compassionate enough? Why do we only choose to help others now and again and not all of the time?
Would you help a stranger in need if you were running late for work?
There was an opportunity that I didn’t take once. I still think about it. I was driving past a woman…
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