I remember discussing the etymology of the word “compassion” in a high school theology class; to hear Mrs. Swisher explain that compassion was not timid, not pitying, but rather the most selfless engagement of which humans are capable – to literally suffer with, empathy of the highest order. ┬áLove is not only idealized but idealizing (and broad), while compassion is a narrowly defined challenge to accept the reality of human experience outside of.. Read More