Compassion

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Yonatan Senehi
12/4/13
Ms. Dempsey
English 21A
Final Essay

Compassion Emotional feelings between individuals are base on the mindset. Through development of thought for one another, dependent on the anticipation, can be eliminated for the positive or negative. Compassion is an emotion on which we share our feelings for one another. It helps those in need of moral support to be comforted. Compassion requires a person to actually think about someone else’s life vaguely or even in depth, depending on what the situation is. Unlike most emotions compassion requires a dual relationship between two people. Compassion shows how much one cares for another physically and mentally. The root of the word compassion comes from the Latin word Compassio which literally translates into “to suffer with” meaning that when one feels compassion, he is putting himself into the victims shoes and sharing his distress. Compassion is sacrificing ones own feelings and emotions to actually show his humility and sympathy for the ones he truly cares about. “There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” –Jhon Holmes Gregory Boyle, a humble priest, shows his strength in the most powerful way a man could. His sympathy towards others shows his humility in the highest degree of any living human being. He teaches us that everybody really do have chances in the world no matter how badly they have fallen down. His desired duty in life is to bring gangsters from the depths of their sins to good people who do deeds in life. Gregory Boyle states “Here is what we seek: a compassion that can stand in awe at what the poor have to carry

rather than stand in judgment at how they carry it.” Boyle is trying to say that as we go through life there will be difficulties as well as responsibilities and in our society there are those people that will just give in.…...

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