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Compassion and sentimentality

18 October 2008

Excellent piece on the difference between compassion and sentimentality on Again and again blog:

Compassion is founded on love for someone: love renders the other party as it were, another “self,” one with you. Sentimentality is grounded in self-love: it makes one sad not as the result of the suffering of the other person, but rather from one’s own ruined mood; instead of striving to put an end to suffering in the world, it strives to put the images of suffering out of one’s field of vision.

Well worth reading.

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