About compassion and other feelings
There is a very strong feeling of compassion between my grandparents. Whatever problem one of them has, the other feels it also. Naturally, they are getting older and my grandpa started to lose his hearing. But you know what the funny thing is? The only person that he still understands what is saying, is my grandpa. I find that beautiful.
I’m thinking that maybe a lot of the time compassion is directly influenced by your experience. You can feel compassion for a stranger, but who is experiencing a problem that is familiar to you, and maybe you can’t feel compassion for a closer person, who is experiencing a suffering total unfamiliar to you.
Compassion is just another emotion, exactly like love. There can be people for whom you can feel it, and people for whom you can’t.
It’s good to feel compassion, but in an ideal world you wouldn’t have to.