February 3, 2016 Leave a comment
Compassion -(personal ethics)
Compassion is the understanding of others, with the cultivated awareness of suffering. Perhaps more accurately, Compassion is empathy with the awareness of suffering.
The western concept of “empathy“, popular in the writings of twentieth century humanists, philosophers and psychologist has its own active verb tense. “to empathize” or “empathizing“. compassion does not have a verb tense in English… perhaps ” to sympathize“… but I will stick with Compassion, here.
To empathize is to imagine another’s experience, compare that experience with his/hers and to be affected. One empathizes with another person(s), organism(s) and their circumstance. It should be noted, that from a stand point of certain schools of thought,as in Zen Buddhism, Humanistic Psychology and existential- phenomenology, an organism is always considered with his circumstances. One is always interacting, affecting and being affected by his environment . This is…
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