Wednesday Wiseness: Pity, Sympathy and Empathy

Pity. sympathy. Empathy.

A difference as frail as a dandelion, as sturdy as a mountain.

A difference that if understood, can change the world.

Don’t pity the downtrodden

But pity the anarchists

For they are headed for a senseless abyss

Don’t pity the mentally challenged,

But sympathize with the humanely challenged,

For they have an illness beyond cure

Don’t sympathize with people on the loss of their riches,

But pity their enslaved lives

Empathize with the fallen, walk a second in their shoes

Feel their blisters on the soles of your feet

And weep their tears through your eyes

Then you will stand up for them, shout for them

Then you will change their worlds

Don’t sympathize when you can empathize

Don’t pity when you can show sympathy

Don’t trample on feelings because you can’t tell the simple difference

Pity. Sympathy. Empathy.

A difference as frail as a dandelion, as sturdy as a mountain.

A difference that if understood, can change the world.

*Nida S.*

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6 comments

  1. livelytwist · August 7, 2014

    I was hoping to read more on the difference . . .

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    • Nida S. · August 7, 2014

      haha yes I was hoping to write more on it too. But kept it short for wednesday wiseness. Maybe i’ll do a followup post. Thanks for the feedback.

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      • Nida S. · August 10, 2014

        I added a few more lines.

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  2. Meredith · August 10, 2014

    Great thoughts expressed so well.

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    • Nida S. · August 10, 2014

      Thank you so much Meredith! And for the reblog, I’m honored:)

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  3. Meredith · August 10, 2014

    Reblogged this on Covey View and commented:
    Beautiful poetry and thought to live up to on Nida’s blog.

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