Compassion for me is best defined as "empathy" - to understand what a person is feeling or what situation he/she is facing from his/her point of view, and not judging the person based on majority opinion. Compassion doesn't mean sympathy, it means being considerate towards others. Treating someone with sympathy may sometimes involve viewing that person as an inferior or more vulnerable being. But true compassion comes from helping someone in need because they deserve it or have a right to it.
Compassion in my opinion is the emotion that we manifest inside ourselves (if we're that way inclined), in response to the suffering of others that motivates that desire inside us to help..Whilst empathy is the ability to recognize emotions, that another person maybe feeling..So one would have to have a certain amount of empathy, to then be able to accurately experience & give compassion..I agree with temptor94 that treating someone with sympathy may involve viewing that person as an inferior person, & the way i look at them is their not inferior people their just people that haven't learn't yet..But i still don't feel superior i just feel lucky that i learn't it, & i became more compassionate for other people only when i looked into my own unwanted emotions & feelings..I discovered for myself like others before me, that we create most of our emotions & feelings ourselves by how we think..So as i gained more control of my mind which creates all of my unwanted emotions & feelings, i noticed that most people don't have full control of theirs..So basically helping others & being compassionate & empathizing with them, are what feels the best to do for ourselves..So as we help others we're actually at the same time helping ourselves, we learn & grow & become the character we want to be..Everyone should help others when ever they can, because it's one of the best feelings available to experience.
Then you have said: that we will be that person one day if we learn to control our emotions. We can help others and from experience help ourselves. Thanks for that answer.
Imagine if you realised a way to free yourself from all your negative thoughts, & all unwanted emotions & feelings including depression.You would instantly feel empathy for everyone else, because their all still locked up with their emotional
Genuine care and concern for another human being , situation or animal.
It means having the ability to imagine being in someone else's shoes.
Having said that, being compassionate does not automatically mean one (agrees) with the (choices or the decisions) he/she made. In other words it's possible to "lend a hand" or drop a few bucks in a homeless person's cup and yet not buy into (their) belief system.
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