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Compassion is not pity, not even empathetic pity. There is arrogance and haughty pride in pitying others. Compassion is when we are confronted with another’s suffering and we suffer with them. Their pain is ours. We are motivated to relieve their suffering. When we feel true compassion we help those who suffer, not as a cathartic release, but because it breaks our heart that they are hurting. I have not always known or believed these things, but I am thankful that I do now.

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Public address, Urban League's Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast, Grand Rapids, Michigan 2018

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    la compasión no es lástima, ni siquiera compasión empática. Hay arrogancia y orgullo altivo en compadecerse de los demás. la compasión es cuando nos enfrentamos al sufrimiento de otro y sufrimos con él. Su dolor es nuestro. Estamos motivados para aliviar su sufrimiento. Cuando sentimos verdadera compasión, ayudamos a quienes sufren, no como una liberación catártica, sino porque nos rompe el corazón que están sufriendo. No siempre he sabido o creído estas cosas, pero estoy agradecido de que lo haga ahora.

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