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May 09, 2008

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Jaxon

Hey Heather!

You said,
"And how would we know what punishment we deserve? (compassion) and whose judgment is the correct one?

Are you (or somebody somewhere) saying that compassion is the ability to know what punishment we deserve?

I always thought of compassion as an understanding of the emotional state of another or oneself.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compassion


heathervescent

Jaxon - you're right - compassion doesn't necessarily tell us what punishment "we" deserve. But compassion helps us understand the other person's experience. If we juxtapose that against the punishment we may want to unleash on them and then turn it around; you can get an understanding of the "punishment" that others may want to put on you for your transgressions.

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