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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Phun-size Philosophy # 45 – Pity

Pity is the feeling you get when you feel sorry for other’s misfortunes. You in a sense share in the emotions or suffering of others and in a way where you can try to understand what others are going through. The way people intend to deal with their pity is completely up to their personality and the different aspects that make up their collective being. The two main options I can think of off the top of my head are watching from afar or actively trying to help those who are currently in a terrible predicament. Depending on your relationship with said individual, that will determine how you choose to deal with and potentially assist them or not. If it is a complete stranger, you may not necessarily help them out as much as you would a friend depending on the situation. You may not necessarily know what you can do in a situation however, especially if it is drastic. You will probably feel helpless in situations where you can’t provide any recognizable help. If you can’t think of anything specific to make others feel better, just being there and your presence helps some if you are in good standing with the individual. The important thing to remember is that what they go through will never mean as much unless it happens to you directly. You may try to empathize and share their pain but you can’t always fully relate to how another person’s situation is playing out. Having pity isn’t exclusive to external objects but can also be internal as well. Having self pity for yourself is a common thing because every once in a while we all feel sad about what is currently going on in our lives. Some negative event can take place that ruins our moods and causes some to feel, maybe even subconsciously, a sense of pity on ourselves. First hand experiences are always the most impactful ones on your life because you then form a basis on how you view the world because of experiencing certain events. These events transform how you feel, what you do, and what you will end up doing in the future. Check out more at!

-Allan Nicholas

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