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What does the individual gain by feeling compassion? in reference to the ethic of comparrison

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The Dalai Lama is saying that compassion is when we feel others' pain and suffering just as much as we feel our own.  We must feel this not only for our friends and family, but even for those who do evil to us.

I suppose that an individual gains by becoming happier with their own attitudes.  I think that people tend to feel bad about themselves when they act in bad ways or have feelings that they don't think they should have.

By contrast, when we feel compassion for others, we will feel better about ourselves.  When we feel good about ourselves, we are more likely to act in ways that will help others and help improve our world.

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