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Re: "What is Compassion?"

In reference to the article about compassion in the Take Heart! issue of September 18th, Gracia Fay Ellwood, CVA sustaining member and editor of “The Peaceable Table” monthly journal (http://www.vegetarianfriends.net/), shared this insightful and loving definition of what she believes compassion is:

“Literally, of course, compassion means "suffering with" the one for whom we have compassion. It is an expression of a sense of essential kinship with the other. The other half of essential kinship is sympathetic joy in the inherent goodness, even delightfulness, of the other when s/he flourishes. The reverse of compassion and sympathetic joy is psychic numbing, which may take the form of ignorance, indifference, callousness, or cruelty."

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