View Poll Results: Understanding and compassion are:

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  • Not necessary. Everybody who is poor is failing at life.

    21 42.00%
  • Essential to mental health

    12 24.00%
  • Signs of weakness

    8 16.00%
  • Dumbass question, if you ask me. Natural Selection Works. So do loopholes.

    9 18.00%
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Thread: Understanding and compassion are anathema

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    Understanding and compassion are anathema

    Points to be deducted if you had to hit a dictionary just now.

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    Re: Understanding and compassion are anathema

    No dictionary needed here, but I do wonder whether there isn't a middle ground between the option I picked (necessary for mental health) and the sign of weakness option. There has to be a balance. Going too far, either toward "hard-ass" or "St. Francis" is unbalanced, and leads to evil and corruption.

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    Re: Understanding and compassion are anathema

    Thank you. I knew I should have had more than four options, but my brain went "Ooh, shiny!" and that's where the poll ended.

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    Re: Understanding and compassion are anathema

    Ok, you got me, I looked it up. Cool word though.

    Necessary for mental health. And way too many people have absolutely none. We practically celebrate sociopathic behavior and it sorta freaks me out.

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    Re: Understanding and compassion are anathema

    E: Something we are born with and naturally understand and use, and is a useful survival trait for the species. But we can be taught away from.

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    Re: Understanding and compassion are anathema

    Quote Originally Posted by MistressNomad View Post
    Ok, you got me, I looked it up. Cool word though.

    Necessary for mental health. And way too many people have absolutely none. We practically celebrate sociopathic behavior and it sorta freaks me out.
    It feels very isolationist as well, because once you assure yourself no harm can ever befall you, you have to not care if it befalls anyone else, and that means friends, family and loved ones.

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    Re: Understanding and compassion are anathema

    Quote Originally Posted by BDBoop View Post
    Points to be deducted if you had to hit a dictionary just now.
    I only had to look up "dumbass". I'm not sure what a donkey who can't speak has to do with the question, but anyway...

    Of course, compassion and understanding is essential to mental health. Only sociopaths have no compassion for fellow humans.
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    Re: Understanding and compassion are anathema

    Isn't the US supposed to be an individualistic country?
    Nevertheless, some old fashioned Sunday church gathering will do more good than harm.


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    Re: Understanding and compassion are anathema

    Understanding, compassion and anathema; wow, and put together. I don’t like anathema. I’ve used it, but not often, as it has an unsupported meaning like opposing. I had to look it up, very difficult to be sure of the meaning that it has here. Maybe I’m too oblivious. Then ‘understanding’, not in the way someone understands Newtonian physics, but in the way someone understands someone else. Maybe someone can understand someone with schizophrenia or the very different psychopath, and compassion for one and not the other. But, then someone could have an IQ of 80 and not have the intellect to understand a schizophrenia or psychopath, but may ‘correctly’ have compassion for one and not the other. And then, a person with an IQ of 120 may have a certain level of compassion for a psychopath while judging them guilty for murder in a death penalty state. And you want simple poll answers to cover this?

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    Re: Understanding and compassion are anathema

    While I certainly am sympathetic toward people who have problems, especially if the problems are beyond their control and I am compassionate and will help those in need if they truly need it, I do not think that giving aid to those who aren't willing to work toward fixing their problems on their own is worthwhile. If you fell on your face, work to get back on your feet. I'll help you if I can. If you fell on your face and decide you like it better face-down because you're too lazy to do otherwise, I'll just walk on by. You picked your fate, live with your decisions.
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