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Old November 13th, 2012, 12:26 AM   #11

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Originally Posted by Von Ranke View Post
Pity of itself never helped anyone but when it is accompanied by positive action it can become a force for good. What I mean by this is when we see children starving in the Third World and our sense of pity drives us to help by contributing to charitable organisations like Save The Children, or volounteering to help directly then pity becomes a powerful motivational force. William Wilberforce used this emotion to help emancipate the slaves by direct political action and there are plenty other examples of this kind. As to who deserves pity I believe this is down to individual choice.
I agree with all of your thoughts here.
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Old November 13th, 2012, 02:27 AM   #12

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Empathy is the correct description, I was confusing the emotions.
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Old November 13th, 2012, 04:12 AM   #13

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Originally Posted by The merchant of Venice View Post
One of the things that springs to my mind when thinking about the heavy drugs issue, is that I'm inclined to generally not feel pity for people who destroyed thier lives with them. However, I usually tend to feel pity for troubled people who have mental issues like anorexia and such.
I tend not to judge people unless I know all the details that led them to a certain path. Often, making a wrong choice is not the result of a free will choice, but a complex outcome of many factors, some of which may be overwhelming and beyond a person's ability to handle. This is the case of many drug addicts, since the example was mentioned.

In many cases that I was quick to judge someone harshly, I later regretted it after learning some more about the person. I have learned to cut others some slack thereafter. Empathy is the key word here, a mental exercise that I try to perform each and every day, and which has changed my daily life and world view significantly.
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Old November 13th, 2012, 04:40 AM   #14

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Just to be clear, I meant empathy in my op, rather than pity. Damn anglicus maccheronicus
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Old November 13th, 2012, 04:44 AM   #15

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What about feeling compassion, rather than empathy?
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