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What do you think compassion is all about?

I wonder time and time again what it really means to be compassionate and the first word that comes to mind is empathy... empathy for others around you or sometimes it drives more towards strong positive emotional desire for a certain subject or thing... but all the same its about feelings... I try to think of others as much as possible before I think of myself... but I am human and I can be resentful or selfish at times... but I do know that I hold no hatred towards anyone under any circumstance... hate and malice are foreign to me... I may not like something very much at certain points but in all honesty I could never drive myself to hate it... I still don't understand what could force a person to hate something, as much as I try...What does compassion mean to you?

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Empathy could be the greatest contributor to the human race. It is this ability that leads to love, respect, compassion and maybe even the concept of gods. While we are not certain of all animals that share this capacity it has been witnessed in many of the higher species, primates, dolphins, orcas, and elephants, and all evidence indicates wolves and dogs also exhibit this ability.

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forgiving when they dont deserve forgivness

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You couldn't have said it better. Reading your question was exactly how I feel. Sister...

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It seems to me that you understand compassion and empathy about as well as any person could. So, why do you ask?

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I was just wondering what other people think of when they think of it...
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I think, and feel, very much as you do. Do I sometimes have negative feelings? Do I ever want to do "bad" things? Of course I do--I'm a flawed, self-centered , human being. But I (usually) manage to grab myself by the shirtfront, shake myself, and say, "that's enough, Susannah! Straighten up and fly right!"
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When ever I want to do something bad, I get very sick, throw up or cry and run a fever. I also have cholinergic urticaria, so when I'm stressed I break out in a burning rash. so I don't have to think twice... I'd just rather not get mad.
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compassion means that after the normal knee jerk reaction we have to internalize things when someone hurts us...we begin to wonder about what happened in their lives to bring about such a reaction from them. its like imagining walking a few steps in the other person's shoes and analyzing the reasons why and having a deeper understanding. a light bulb lights up and it's an ' aha " moment !
sounds like you have a very healthy ego.

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healthy and ego sound weird together. I love everyone though, plain and simple.
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caring for the people around you plain and simple

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It's very good that you've never hated some thing! Have you, also, never hated some person, considering that we're supposed to love everyone, all the time: hate the sin, not the sinner?
Compassion = com (with) + passio (suffering) = suffering with. The early Christians coined the Latin word, passio, to mean the suffering of Jesus Christ, as in "his passion, death, and resurrection."
Similar, but not the same as, commiseration, also, from the Latin, meaning, roughly, being miserable with, and includes the idea of pitying someone else, who is miserable.
I hope this helps to fully answer your question.
Frank

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It seems to me, my dear delightful doll, you already answered my answer. I completely agree with you & feel exactly the same. peace

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Okay after reading all of yours mine will seem simple and even child like or even dumb. So feel free to laugh, I do LOL. Anyway I remember when I was very little I heard the word Compassion and thought they were saying come passion. As I grew and began to kind of grasp the concept of the of of the meaning , I still used it as two words and it made sense to me that way. COME PASSION. I COME TO YOUR PASSION. I make my passion come to where your passion is so I can feel what you feel and understand exactly where you are coming from. And then I act accordingly. I want to feel what you feel so I can more effectively help.

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