Guidance on Compassion and Sympathy
Compassion is love in the Universal sense. Love is feeling warm towards our fellow human beings, extending understanding, offering support and giving time to others. Any other form of love is incomplete and may be based on sexual attraction, or on feelings of duty. We must care for our fellow human beings, care what happens to them, show our interest in them and be willing to share their difficult times, as well as their happy times. This is compassion.
Sympathy is attempting to understand other people’s situations and accepting others without judgment, so that they can speak freely about their problems without fear of being rejected for their attitudes or feelings.