Nicole (everywastedkiss) wrote in linguaphiles,

Are you compassionate?

I've recently gotten into an argument with a friend regarding the use of the term "compassion."

He claims that through a Buddhist philosophy, one is able to/should have compassion for oneself and though I've looked up the idea on Wikipedia (here), I still feel as if this idea of having compassion for oneself is rather limited to this particular instance.

I took a Syntax course last semester and remember my prof mentioning something about nouns that somehow imply that two people are generally required, with maybe some exceptions, but I can't for the life of me remember what the name for these were. I also might just have confused it among the fuss of transitive v. intransitive verbs.

Do any of you know what I'm talking about? In your opinion, can a person have compassion for himself outside of Buddhism?

The problem for me is that it really feels like a cop-out/mockery of everything that compassion entails. It's the notion of self-pitying and it's too close to "poor me wah wah wah" for my liking. I'm not sure if that's just because of the way Western culture has embraced the conecpt or if it's just that I have issues with what I consider weakness. :X OR possibly it's just the way I perceive this particular friend, haha.

I know this is rather more philosophical than semantic, but the wording just kind of struck me the wrong way.

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