Compassion Essay examples

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If you look up compassion in the dictionary, you will see the following definition: A deep awareness of the suffering of another, coupled with the wish to relieve it. The construct of compassion is not clearly defined in psychological literature. Another definition of compassion is a feeling of sorrow or concern for another person's suffering or need, accompanied by a subsequent desire to alleviate the suffering. Compassion is felt as an emotion: a feeling that anyone may experience at some point in his or her lives. There are many instances where one may perceive specific conditions in which people will be more likely to feel compassion. There are also differences in the degree of an individual’s feelings of compassion, and that many …show more content…
In addition, by his example, we are inspired to be merciful and compassionate to one another.

In the book, The Road, the story tells the tale of a boy and his father, traveling south to escape the hard winter that is falling in a world devastated by an unnamed apocalyptic event, most likely a nuclear war. Along their harsh and dangerous journey, they encounter other survivors, most are of the unsavory variety, be it
cannibals, thieves or rapists. McCarthy uses his book to examine why it is that some humans continue to hold onto hope in the face of such overwhelming odds, and why it is that others give up when faced with the same situations.
The father, who, like his son, remains unnamed throughout the entire story, feels obligated to keep on living in order to protect his remaining flesh and blood; his only child. His loyalty to the boy is so deep and profound that when his son asked, “what would you do if I died?” , the father replies, “if you died I would want to die too. So I could be with you.” (McCarthy’s The Road Chapter 11) The son is another example of a compassionate soul, for he is someone who is willing to put in the work to help others, and thereby improve the world around him, while the rest of humanity is running astray. He is similar by example to that of Jesus Christ- constantly looking for the good in people and the…

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