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Compassion motivates people to go out of their way to help the physical, mental or emotional pains of another and themselves. Compassion is often regarded as having sensitivity, an emotional aspect to suffering, though when based on cerebral notions such as fairness, justice, and interdependence, it may be considered rational in nature and its application understood as an activity also based on sound judgment. There is also an aspect of equal dimension, such that individual's compassion is often given a property of "depth", "vigour", or "passion". The etymology of "compassion" is Latin, meaning "co-suffering." Compassion involves "feeling for another" and is a precursor to empathy, the "feeling as another" capacity for better person centered acts of active compassion; in common parlance active compassion is the desire to alleviate another's suffering.

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Why we should love those who harm us. On the bases of free will, or lack there of actually. (1) Many fields of science correlate with this beautiful view of the human condition and cognition. People’s behavior is attributed to the way their brain is wired, there is no evidence to suggest we make any decisions out side of the way our brain is wired. If someone’s brain is wired in-effectively to support them acting within our socially acceptable culture, then how is it we can blame them. Case in point, an accident to the pre-frontal cortex (the part of the brain that handles rationality, emotional control and empathy) can literally turn someone into a sociopath overnight. Just because their brain is not wired to act in the same way. The body, as is the brain is a biological machine, it behaves in many ways to other machines, if it’s wired a certain way, it will behave that way. If someone’s brain is wired wither by accident, environment, genetics or any combination of the three to act out in certain ways or be unable to handle emotional situations without acting out, what difference does age make? We are quick to overlook young children, but hold an umbrella to adults to act like adults though their brain may be more common in being underdeveloped in key parts, that much like a child. Now punishment can be used as a learning tool, no doubt. But punishing a person, who is only a conscious observer of the way their biological makeup is wired to behave is not usually most conducive way to handle rehabilitating the person, at the least in and of it’s self. There are many ways more proactive ways to go about creating a change in others that they themselves will embrace. Just another reason to seek to understand, and in love work on helping people, instead of punishing them in retribution (1)

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