Today compassion is not thought of as an inherent quality of the human spirit, an inner resource with us always, and used to make the world more amenable.
No. today, compassion is a quantifiable possession that we own in quantities of less or more (depending on our genes) and which we dole out sometimes when we find a suitable party for its application, preferably tax deductible. Today, compassion is synonymous with charity.
The Trees' Knees: 1897
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