What is compassion? Examine the role of compassion in your life.
Compassion is the understanding or empathy for the suffering of others. Compassion is the emotion that we feel in response to the suffering of others that motivates a desire to help. Compassion is often regarded as having an emotional aspect to it, though when based on cerebral notions such as fairness, justice and interdependence, it may be considered rational in nature and its application understood as an activity based on sound judgment.
“Compassion” in Latin, means “co-suffering.” Compassion goes beyond empathy which means an active desire to alleviate another’s suffering.
Compassion has a paramount importance to play in our lives. There is a golden rule attached to it- Do to others what you would have them do to you.
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