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Distinguish between Empathy, Sympathy and Compassion. Compassion towards all living beings should be followed in letter and spirit in this new decade.

Topic:  empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker-sections;

6. Distinguish between Empathy, Sympathy and Compassion. Compassion towards all living beings should be followed in letter and spirit in this new decade. (150 words)

Reference: Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude by Lexicon Publications.

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 4.

Key Demand of the question:

In detail, to bring out the differences between the three related yet different terminologies of Empathy, Sympathy and Compassion.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Begin by defining Empathy, Sympathy and Compassion.

Body:

Bring out the differences between the three concepts of Empathy, Sympathy and Compassion with examples. Empathy means that you feel what a person is feeling, Sympathy means you can understand what the person is feeling and Compassion is the willingness to relieve the suffering of another.

Write about the need for more compassion in present times. As the world recovers from a pandemic, as climate change challenge mounts, world is divided by hate and bigotry. The world could do well with more compassion.

Conclusion:

Bring out how compassion can impact and transform our lives for the better or end with a quote about compassion.