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    Default From another board I frequent...great quote about compassion vs. pity

    There is another blog I use about MS. We were talking about pity vs compassion and someone posted the following :

    "“A crucial difference between them is that compassion involves far greater commitment for substantial help. Compassion involves willingness to become personally involved, while pity usually does not. Pity is more spectator-like than compassion; we can pity people while maintaining a safe emotional distance from them. While pity involves the belief in the inferiority of the object, compassion assumes equality in common humanity.”

    The article is short if you have time to read it:

    So in a nutshell, I’m pro-compassion ant-pity! Now to explain that to the rest of the world."
    Last edited by Lazarus; 11-24-2014 at 05:13 AM.

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    I like that a lot Linda....Thanks for sharing.
    Love, Sally

    "The best way out is always through". Robert Frost

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    Read the article and enjoyed it. Found a lot of truth.

    Thanks for posting, Linda

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