Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Pity

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Some people sabotage or damage themselves to make others feel sorry for them. The sensible thing to do is to withhold pity in such cases except that what is more pitiful than desiring to be pitied? Perhaps the only thing more pitiful is to think that being pitiable is the equivalent of moral virtue. 

But pity and love are very close as Unamuno said. The desire for pity can be a desire to be loved and that is pitiable. Even more interesting is the person who does not want to be pitied but secretly congratulates himself for not wanting pity, which is a very clever hidden form of self-pity indeed.

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