// Thurs. 29/9 – Sat. 16/10 2010
In languages that derive from Latin, ‘compassion’ means we cannot look on coolly as others suffer; or, we sympathise with those who suffer. Another word with approximately the same meaning, ‘pity’ , connotes a certain condescension towards the sufferer. ‘to take pity on a woman’ means that we are better off than she, that we stoop to her level, lower ourselves.
– from The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera