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20 March 2008 @ 08:53 am
Little Bitta Buddha: The First Enemy of Compassion, Pity  
Pity or professional warmth is easily mistaken for true compassion. When we identify ourselves as the helper, it means we see others as helpless. Instead of feeling the pain of the other person, we set ourselves apart. If we've ever been on the receiving end of pity we know how painful it feels. Instead of warmth and support all we feel is distance.

- Pema Chödrön, The Places that Scare You
 
 
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Satan's Tilt-A-Whirl: toonsavannarama on March 20th, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC)
My 1) abhorrence of pity is what 2) alienates me most.
yvetteserpentmoon on March 20th, 2008 11:03 pm (UTC)
True.

Empathy is so much better. The world would be a much better place if we connected with each other through empathy and, of course, compassion, too.
junoimeldajunoimelda on March 25th, 2008 01:42 am (UTC)
I think pity is just a few steps away from being condescending. I *hate hate hate* condescention (is that a word?)