is not something
that’s FELT from a higher position up
imagine your are in a prison
feeling compassion for your tortured co-inmate
you feel her/his pain, because you
You KNOW their pain.
when I feel sorrow for somebody I can’t understand, then my understanding might stay on the level of only feeling pity for somebody who suffers an injustice or fate that I wouldn’t want to suffer. I stay distanced to him or her.
when I feel the PANGS of compassionate feelings, that only those kinds of feelings can produce, then an understanding must have preceded this emotional response in me.