Filipe, why throw out “compassion” because of its Christian roots?
Clay Rivers

Well, it might just be my impression, but because of the Christian usage of the word compassion it’s rather different than empathy. I understand this is something controversial, and many people think that compassion is “ empathy in action” or something like that… but to me, really, compassion brings to mind the idea of something similar to charitas — which, to me, sure is “helping those in need”, but in an aristocratic way, one that distances the two people. Again, I understand it might I might be wrong, and my concern with the christian roots of compassion more to do with this relation to charitas than to any feeling against organized religion and words that come form that world.

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